The Learning Curve: Education and Skills for Life

Paul Kielstra,, Jun 09, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a fairly basic-level report on some trends in education and skills development, focused mostly on lifelong learning. The full 28-page PDF is available here. While nothing in the report is particularly controversial, the language and emphasis is clearly slanted toward a particular perspective. For example, this reflects an emphasis on economic development and skills, as opposed to personal development and learning: "the OECD estimates that half of the economic growth in developed countries in the last decade came from better skills." Or, for example: "The average time spent in school by a country’s students and the labour productivity of its workers have been statistically linked." This is true when school is the only option, but it on the verge of being disrupted by open learning. So read the report with caution.

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