Saturday, 26 September 2015

Education statistics

The SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network) is a United Nations initiative which is interested in strengthening the quality and availability of statistics for management, programme design and monitoring performance.

They say:

"Both donors and recipient countries must look to join the data revolution. The unprecedented rate of innovation in data collection techniques and technologies and the capacity to distribute data widely and freely has expanded the horizon of possibility."

There are twelve thematic groups

Here is thematic group 4. 

Early Childhood Development, Education, and Transition to Work

It focuses on three areas:

(1) universal primary education

(2) early childhood learning and post-primary expansion

(3) training in basic numeracy and literacy as well as advanced 21st century skills (cognitive, analytical, social, cultural, civic and emotional.)

"The data revolution is poised to transform the way governments, citizens and companies do business."

Looking at (3) it is easy to see how Curriculum for Excellence and its joined up GIRFEC databases fits into this United Nations scheme.

Now another consultation has been launched in Scotland - there are so many - Digital learning and teaching strategy:

Its themes are: empowering leaders of change to drive innovation and investment in digital technology for learning and teaching; improving access to digital technology for all learners; ensuring curriculum and assessment relevance in a digital context; extending the skills and confidence of teachers in the appropriate and effective use of digital technology.

It does not matter that the OECD`s education director Andreas Schleicher  has said that frequent use of computers in schools is more likely to be associated with lower results than an improvement in pupils` performance. The experiment must continue.

The motivation to do so lies with those advanced 21st century skills, so-called, that world leaders are interested in manipulating and investigating: cognitive, analytical, social, cultural, civil and emotional. When the idea is to study the child, rather than to provide a traditional education, the ideal situation is to place the child in front of a computer and call it personalised learning; that way no teacher or parent can get in the way of their interactions.

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