Geoff Mulgan: Why evidence of ‘what works’ is vital for global education

Andrew Young — October 23, 2015

On the World Economic Forum website, Network member and Nesta CEO Geoff Mulgan proposes ways to improve global education in the 21st century based on a greater focus on what works. Mulgan sees such an evidence-based approach as the best way to address “the triple challenge of achieving better education, greater social mobility and higher productivity.”

“Evidence; investment; new ways of developing confidence and resilience; smart technologies: many of the elements needed for truly effective 21st century educational systems are available, and ready to be used to achieve the holy grail of combining better productivity, education and social mobility.  But it will take courage to act on them and courage to remember very old insights about learning which we seem, repeatedly, to forget.”

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