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What are the truths and myths of global top performing school systems?

19 February 2015

Here is an interesting article from BBC News by the OECD director of education: “Seven big myths about top performing school systems.” I’m wondering if debunking these myths might lead to some truths (which I guess at this point would be hypotheses):

1. Talented teachers and school leaders can help students of all socioeconomic strata.

2. Education funds would be more effectively spent on classrooms and the people in them than anywhere else: competitive salaries, professional development, planning time.

3. All students can excel together.

4. Teach for depth, not breadth.

5. The liberal arts and sciences are still at the heart of a good education.

6. Hard work works.

Anybody know of studies that have tested these hypotheses?

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