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Declining student results not just Australia

Michael McLaren
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Michael speaks to Professor Pasi Stahlberg, professor of education policy at the Gonski Institute for Education University of NSW, about the latest PISA results which saw Australia scoring its lowest ever results in reading, mathematics and science.

But it’s not just Australia in steady decline. New Zealand, Canada (except in Alberta), Japan, Korea, the Netherlands and Finland are heading in the same direction. Actually, the 37 OECD countries, the wealthiest in the world, on average, are doing worse in PISA than previously.

Hence, the main question to be asked is not: What are our schools and teachers doing wrong?

Instead, we should be asking: What is possibly causing this downward trend in many countries now?

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Michael McLaren
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