Does preschool need PISA?

In his recent IOE Blog post, Peter Moss describes a new OECD study, called the International Early Learning Study (IELS), which is set to begin piloting in 2017. As Moss points out, while government officials are aware of what’s in store, few in the early childhood education field are. Moss and his colleagues have written an article intended to spark a broad conversation about this study will mean for early learning and they have identified five areas they view as causes for concern. Among their concerns, the authors point to the complexity of all educational systems and the potential harm of applying one standard to many different countries. To quote the IOE Blog post:

The IELS, and similar testing regimes, seek to apply a universal framework to all countries, all pedagogies and all services. This approach rests on the principle that everything can be reduced to a common outcome, standard and measure. What it cannot do is accommodate, let alone welcome, diversity – of paradigm or theory, pedagogy or provision, childhood or culture. The issue raised – and not acknowledged, let alone addressed by the OECD in its documentation – is how an IELS can be applied to places and people who do not share its (implicit) positions, understandings, assumptions and values.

As we often scan education news from around the world, this week we share links that provide some information about the issues and concerns facing several countries on the issue of preschool, or early childhood education. Here is a short list of articles that have been posted by online news organizations this summer.



Why we need more men working in our creches

Preschools issue warning over free childcare scheme



Bill to increase free pre-school childcare in Scotland – BBC News

How will early years be affected by Brexit? | Nursery World



How the U.S. Is Failing Its Youngest Students



Reimagining NSW: tackling education inequality with early intervention and better research

Why We Need To Teach Our Kids About Money In Early Childhood



Study to gauge standard of English at preschools – Community | The Star Online

Skills upgrade for pre-school teachers – Community | The Star Online



What goes on in the (not so) secret world of 4-year-olds

Free child care may limit options, increase burden on taxpayers: MSF



Preschool or Child Care Market in India to Grow 21.84% by 2020 – Increasing Implementation of Childcare Services at Workplace – Research and Markets | Business Wire

Preschool skills may predict kindergarten math success

Pre-school boys should be treated more like girls, says study | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

34 per cent Muslim children have never been to pre-school: UNICEF : News

Deirdre Faughey

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