Singapore

Five Days in a Learning Nation
Schleicher, A. Today (25 May 2012)

Andreas Schleicher sums up and distills lessons arising from his visit to schools and educational institutions in Singapore as a Visiting Professor.  According to Schleicher, “If I had to summarise what I learned in one sentence, this is a story about political coherence and leadership as well as alignment between policy and practice; about setting ambitious standards in everything you do; about focusing on building teacher and leadership capacity to deliver vision and strategy at the school level; and about a culture of continuous improvement and future orientation that benchmarks educational practices against the best in the world.”  But, according to Schleicher, Singapore can learn much from the rest of the world as well.  For example, Singapore could learn how to unleash greatness from Finland and overcome social disadvantage from Ontario, Canada.

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