Money doesn’t buy intelligence
Italy spends twice as much per student as South Korea, but lags in student performance, concludes a study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and UNESCO.
The Straits Times reports:
Flexibility and efficiency in education systems matter more than the money spent, where student performances are concerned, according to a new study.
A study of 15-year-olds in 42 countries and Hong Kong, released here on Tuesday, found higher average spending per student did not guarantee better results.
The report, Literacy Skills for the World of Tomorrow, cited Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Sweden as models of educational quality and equity. Finland is the only country ranked in the top 5 in all three categories: reading, math and science. The U.S. was right at the average in all subjects. Too bad there was no measurement for self-esteem.
Class size had to get very large to make a difference, the report concluded. Factors that made the most difference were: School autonomy, high expectations, academic focus, teacher morale and commitment, classroom discipline, teacher-student relations.