offers his view of what makes for a "successful education system" based on evidence from around the world. Could it be aimed at Education Secretary Nicky Morgan who says "she wants England to get into the top five of the international Pisa tests for English and maths by 2020."? In setting out to debunk seven myths about what makes a successful education system, Schleicher, makes a particular assertion that has to be questioned: "..... it is unlikely that school systems will achieve performance parity with the best-performing countries until they accept that all children can achieve at very high levels."
He clearly believes that ALL students are capable of achieving to the same standard, citing those systems that require "all students to meet the standards that they formerly expected only their elite students to meet."
This is his full list of the seven myths blighting education reform that he believes to be widely held, especially in the west.
1. Disadvantaged pupils are doomed to do badly in school.
2. Immigrants lower results.
3. It's all about money.
4. Smaller class sizes raise standards.
5. Comprehensive systems for fairness, academic selection for higher results.
6.The digital world needs new subjects and a wider curriculum.
7.Success is about being born talented.
As I say, I strongly disagree with his comments about the apparent conformity of human cognitive capacity and question his views about the curriculum, ("In top performing education systems the curriculum is not mile-wide and inch-deep, but tends to be rigorous, with a few things taught well and in great depth.") Apart from this, there is a great deal that confirms what I and many on this forum believe. But I anticipate that his views will not go unquestioned!