We are reaching levels of neoliberalism that shouldn’t even be possible.
But the economic think tank has decided to introduce a very different kind of test, addressing the type of skills young people need to navigate a world of “post-truth” and social media “echo chambers”. …
The test will measure tolerance, cultural awareness and how well teenagers can distinguish between reliable sources of information and fake news.
It will consider issues such as racism, cultural identity and prejudice. …
In the USSR, getting a “red diploma” in university – the rough equivalent of a American summa cum laude – was contingent on acing the courses on scientific communism and similar crap.
Interesting to see neoliberalism.txt developing in a similar direction.
Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s education director, said the success of education systems had to be measured on more than exam results.
Speaking in London at the Education World Forum, he said there had to be a greater awareness of “values”. …
But Mr Schleicher said the “crunch” point was that some countries were reluctant to be compared on these measures.
And there had been a “hesitation” about moving from discussing students’ beliefs to “hard data” from testing them.
“I take a different view. The only way to get serious, the only way to get started with this issue is to look at the truth,” said the OECD’s education chief.
Mr Schleicher said that the test would reveal the countries that paid only “lip service” to the ideas of tolerance and inclusion.
“What do students actually think? What do students actually know?
“That’s the aim of Pisa, to confront us with the real world, not the world of words and beautiful theory,” he said.
The most successful education systems were often the most open and diverse, Mr Schleicher said, giving Canada as an example.
Countries that are not really tolerant and inclusive yet:
But some Western countries including England, the United States, Germany, France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland and Ireland have decided not to take the global competence test, although they will take the other core academic subject tests.
Schools in Scotland, Australia and Canada are among those that will take the global competence test, which is being launched this year.
Here are some of the questions that Scots, Australians, and Canadians will be asked in this test:
- I respect the values of people from different cultures.
- I value the opinions of people from different cultures.
- Immigrants should have the opportunity to continue their own customs and lifestyle.
Since possible answers are all variations on Agree/Disagree, wouldn’t it be easier to just ask “How much do you agree with SJWs out of 100”?