OECD Report: Puzzles To Solve (Part 2)

Larry Cuban sums up 2 puzzles, but actually there has been quite a lot of attention to this report in our media, both in Belgium as in the Netherlands and also in the UK I’ve noticed quite some press coverage. It’s true that there was seldom a reaction from politicians.

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

In this post, I will sketch out two puzzles that emerge from the OECD report, “Students, Computers, and Learning.” The first arises from the gap between high PISA test scores and low use of computers in school in particular countries. The second puzzle is trying to explain the inattention that media both mainstream (newspapers, magazines, network news) and side-stream (opinion and curated blogs, Twitter) has paid to this report.

Puzzle 1: Students from countries that score high on PISA in 2012 spend less time in school using computers than European and North American students.

International test comparisons have driven the past thirty years of school reform in the U.S. Doing poorly on international rankings has prodded reformers to call for U.S. students to copy Asian and Scandanavian countries in their language, math, and science lessons. The OECD report on computers in 60-plus countries’ schools, however, offers empirical data…

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