BY ESTEBAN BULLRICH
GABRIEL SANCHEZ ZINNY
Several months after the publication of the
In the past few years, the education debate was centered on the same actors and the same issues. The debate left the quality of education, contending opinions, and the trends that led to success elsewhere on the side. Through our recently published book Ahora… CALIDAD, Apuntes para el Debate sobre Política Educativa en la Argentina we seek to add another voice to this debate, asking permission to dissent, to disagree with the status quo of our education system, which during the past few decades has not achieved many advances regarding the quality of learning.
“More of the same” will not be enough to improve the education system. Repeating over and over the same formulas for reform doesn’t appear to be working, nor will it work in the future. It seems that what is lacking is new ways to do things in education systems. More innovation is needed; and urgently so that Argentine children will be able to compete for jobs in a world that is more demanding every day, where they will be competing not only with our Latin American neighbors, but also with
In order to regain lost territory, Argentina needs to constantly evaluate the performance of its schools and teachers, place greater emphasis on policies that foster early childhood development, improve teacher training, and ensure that the curriculum followed in its schools helps prepare students to overcome the challenges they will face in the future. Several of these reforms have already proved successful elsewhere, in countries such as
But quality of education should be everybody’s concern. We need more social demand in order to improve our schools. In countries with successful reforms we find committed political leaders, but also parents, social and business leaders that demanded better education.
There are many examples of organization advocating change in the education system, that has led to more commitment from the politicians, and finally better results. For example “Student First”, led by former Secretary of Education of Washington DC Michelle Rhee, or Todos Pela Educaçao, in
Our book looks to refocus the debate in
Esteban Bullrich is Minister of Education of the City of