International Bright Young Things

Teach Secondary (UK) - Volume 2, Issue 1.

Following the release of the CBI’s First Steps report, Teach Secondary asks EdisonLearning’s Paul Lincoln what it has to say about giving students the skills they need in an ever-shrinking global education space...

Teach Secondary: So, why is international comparison important in the first place?

Paul Lincoln: It is critical that we recognise our students are global citizens; we’ve never had a world that is so small and where everything that happens impacts on everybody all of the time, so it’s very important going forwards that our students are globally and internationally aware. There’s always going to be comparisons between how well our young people are doing and learners elsewhere, and regardless of the arguments about data we need to address where we sit in the scheme of things. There is always controversy over the use of international data, but we shouldn’t ignore how other countries’ approaches to education are working. The report is absolutely right; if we don’t make sure all our students are successful then our economy is going to be weakened by a massive tail of underachievement, which will be costly to us and also to society as a whole.

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