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  • The Rebirth of Education
  • Lant Pritchett
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  • 11 February 2020
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characters ´ The Rebirth of Education 104 Despite great progress around the world in getting kids into schools too many leave without even the most basic skills In India's rural Andhra Pradesh for instance only about one in twenty children in fifth grade can perform basic arithmeticThe problem is that schooling is not the same as learning In The Rebirth of Education Lant Pritchett uses two metaphors from nature to explain why The first draws on. Isomorphic mimicry banging and applies to many dysfunctional systems in developed countries eg some badly performing schools that attempt to meet Ofsted criteria rather than building a functioning education system Great jobAn aeronaut jumps in his hot air ballon for a trip Unfortunately a storm blows him off course and he s completely lost He sees a man on the ground and decides to ask him for help Where am I he yells You re in a hot air balloon the man replies You must be an economist the aeronaut declares Why how did you know asked the man on the ground Because your answer replied the aeronaut was irrefutably correct but utterly useless

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characters ´ The Rebirth of Education 104 Ns much as a nonpoisonous snake mimics the look of a poisonous one Pritchett argues that the solution is to allow functional systems to evolve locally out of an environment pressured for success Such an ecosystem needs to be open to variety and experimentation locally operated and flexibly financed The only main cost is ceding control; the reward would be the rebirth of education suited for today's wor. I discovered great insights from the book This book opened my eyes that in order to ameliorate the uality of education the whole system in the country needs to change This book made me feel a bit pessimistic about it actually but it s good to have a comprehensive understanding about the issue I recommend the book for those who s interested in education especially in developing countries and development Some of the great things Pritchett wrote in the bookIf your bicycle tire has a hole pumping in air won t do much goodThe particular danger of isomorphic mimicry is that the mimics might look as good as or better than actual performers when both groups are assessed only on input and processThis is not to say that inputs cannot affect learning in developing countries they do But replicating or augmenting the external trappings of good schools does not make a good school Without the animating drive that is at the heart of any functional school adding of one or another input won t make much difference Appearances can be forced from outside but performance is driven from withinPerhaps surprising even the rich in developing countries also lag For example in Indonesia the richest uintile has scores around 450 less than the 500 for the poorest uintile in Korea or the same as the poorest uintile in the UK So in poor countries the richest are still getting mediocre education and the poor cannot be said to be getting education at all

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characters ´ The Rebirth of Education 104 Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom's book about the difference between centralized and decentralized organizations The Starfish and the Spider Schools systems tend be centralized and suffer from the limitations inherent in top down designs The second metaphor is the concept of isomorphic mimicry Pritchett argues that many developing countries superficially imitate systems that were successful in other natio. The premise of the book is to support decentralization of the education process without actually choosing which path to take charter private voucher etc That s a much better answer than choosing a path the author argues because the actual path depends on the society that is building the educational system The argument is not only convincing it s basically right You cannot argue that the same educational system will work in India China Nigeria France It s actually a bit laughable that I once thought you could export the charter system from the suburbs into an urban area it s kind of obvious that charter systems will have a much tougher time in densely packed areas The same principle goes for all the other specific systemsPritchett spends most of the book going after the current centralized system which allows him to loop in all of the current education systems around the world This abstraction is very important because if he can convince you that the principles of the abstraction the spider system are discordant with progress in education then you have to call all of the current education systems garbage I already did that so he was speaking to the choir with respect to that conclusion However the abstraction codifies what I already felt Testing is useful just not on its own To strike that balance is on the parent or guardian or community not on the federal government Competition between schools is important than standardization you can make everyone stupid but you need competition to make everyone better than what they are now These kinds of principles are what Pritchett uses to strike down federal state mandates on educationA critical aspect of Pritchett s stance is the separation of schooling physical education mental This is a very important separation that can be applied to lots of other controversial topics diversity in terms of of jobs physical vs ability to succeed independent of race or creed mental for example As a result while every government can talk about improved schooling very few can talk about improved education The most tedious part of the book is the constant examples of lack of improved education Pritchett throws a TON of studies at you to justify that schooling education empirically It makes sense as an argument but apparently the empiricism is necessary to go after the naysayersOverall I liked the book and even though it s a bit of a tough read ugh economists it s worth the time You can use the spider starfish argument to counter both the privatization people society needs to check and balance you and the socialists constant mediocrity does not provide innovation