Innovation in Education
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Becoming worse is a possible outcome of change. Innovations that lack careful examination can easily turn out to be a disaster of our own making. One of the key findings of the study is the following:
Innovative educational systems generally have higher expenditures than non-innovative systems; however, their students are no more satisfied than those in less innovative systems.
Still, the correlation between innovation and learning outcomes is really weak. Indonesia ranks high in innovation, but this country is near the bottom when it comes to international standardized exams:
The schools in Massachusetts are way behind. Weiss and Payzant wrote on the Huffington Post:
Massachusetts is the good news story. If it were its own country, it would rank sixth in reading of 65 countries and economies included, behind only Singapore, Japan, Korea, and the Chinese regions of Shanghai and Hong Kong. Its students rank just above Finland and Canada, some of the world's best readers. Though its math scores are slightly lower, Massachusetts keeps company with Belgium and Germany and is only slightly behind Finland and Canada, ranking 16 of 65. In science, Massachusetts ranks 11th, ahead of Canada and Germany. Connecticut, the second of three states with its own scores, falls just below Massachusetts, ranking 9th in reading, 18th in math, and 17th in science.While the Jakarta Post had the following for Indonesian education:
The PISA results for Indonesian students are the second lowest in the league table, worse than the last PISA in 2009, when Indonesia ranked 57th. The result shows the Indonesian education system is going nowhere, despite massive investment.Some may argue that if innovations exist then at least the government is paying some attention to basic education. But education is so much like health care, do no harm must be the first and foremost rule.