OECD Global Education Lead Exposes the Fundamental Issues That Prevent Education Systems From Preparing Youth for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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In an exclusive new interview with CMRubinWorld, OECD’s Andreas Schleicher calls on learning stakeholders to champion the critical educational improvement needed to win the race with technology and job automation.

Educators teach to the test.  They have to. Tests are powerful tools that tell people what they believe is important.  What happens when vast amounts of what schools test can be answered in seconds on student’s smartphones?

Rising numbers of college graduates are having difficulties finding jobs at the same time as employers complain they cannot find people with skills. In an exclusive new interview with C. M. Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, OECD principal Andreas Schleicher reveals that it’s not uncommon to find “a few academics and government officials who determine what millions of students will learn” and these leaders “will often defend the scope and integrity of their discipline.”  Schleicher is currently leading over 70 countries in their efforts to design and implement education policies and practices for a new world. “The reason why it is so hard to move school systems is that there is a much larger invisible part under the waterline. This invisible part is about the interests, beliefs, motivations and fears of the people who are involved in education, parents and teachers included.” He adds, “It will be our imagination, our awareness and our sense of responsibility that will enable us to harness the opportunities of the 21st century to shape the world for the better.”

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Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He is the author of the newly released book, World Class: How to Build a 21st Century School System.

Founded by C. M. Rubin, CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a celebrated trailblazer in the renaissance of the 21st century, and occupies a special place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 700 interviews and articles discussing an expansive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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