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Which countries deliver on the promise of giving students more opportunity than their parents?
"The most important civil rights battleground today is education," New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof wrote Sept. 12, "and, likewise, the most crucial struggle against poverty is the one fought in schools."
But what, exactly, does educational opportunity mean? Last week, the OECD released a study investigating just that. "Education at a Glance 2012" examines potential indicators affecting student performance including per-pupil spending, public and private investment, teacher pay, and tuition costs.
But do metrics per-pupil spending directly translate to dramatic gains in educational opportunity? Not necessarily, according to the OECD study. If it did, the list of nations that provide the most upward mobility might include big spending nations like Luxembourg ($19,324.09 per pupil), Switzerland ($15,644.94 per pupil), Norway ($13,882.88 per pupil), Austria ($12,588.60 per pupil), and the United States ($12,550.24 per pupil).
Instead, the nations with students most likely to exceed their parents when it comes to educational achievement include:
- Czech Republic
- Slovak Republic
What can educational organizations learn from these data? Simply put, that qualitative factors such as poverty, democracy, and open economies matter -- sometimes more than dollars and cents.
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Sep 15, 2012
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For starters, you have to divide the amount spent per child by the gross national product (or the average annual income, or something of that sort). This would take into account the cost of living in that country. It's just like in the USA. You can't take states where the cost of living is high, like New York, and directly compare how much they spend per pupil to states where the cost of living is low, like Wyoming. (And the same goes for counties, to some degree.)