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World Class: How to Build a 21st-Century School System

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July 12, 2018

World Class: How to Build a 21st-Century School System

Andreas Schleicher
, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

 In a world where topics that are easy to teach and test also have become easy to digitize and automate, what qualities will shape the rapidly changing world for the better?

On July 12, 2018 the Alliance and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held a talk to discuss this key question which is a central point of Andreas Schleicher’s new book, World Class: How to Build a 21st-Century School System. He writes, “Every economic age has its core asset. In the agricultural age that asset was land; in the industrial age it was capital; and in our times, it is the knowledge, skills and character qualities of people. This core asset remains largely untapped and undervalued. It’s time for us to change that.”

While improvement in education is far easier to proclaim than achieve, Schleicher examines the many successes from which to learn, looking seriously and dispassionately at good practice in countries around the world, all to understand what works in which contexts. The Financial Times states in its review of the book, “Schleicher rightly stresses that PISA results should not be ‘about copying prefabricated solutions from other countries,’ but rather exploring good practices domestically and abroad. While the debate on reform is far from settled, his effort to bring figures and comparisons to the discussion is extremely useful.”

Watch this spirited and thoughtful conversation between Schleicher and All4Ed’s president Bob Wise. They also answered questions submitted by online viewers.

Please direct questions concerning the webinar to If you’re unable to watch it live, an archived version will be available at 1–2 business days after the event airs.

The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those underperforming and those historically underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.

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