My oldest daughter is never just pleased. She’s ecstatic. She’s never just worried, she panics. She lives completely in every moment, focusing only on what interests her right now. She has a hard time sitting still and paying attention to her teacher or a TV show. When an idea pops into her head, she immediately needs to act on it. My experience might look like the one of other … [Lee más...] about What’s Your Child’s Secret Power? Beyond Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Abilities
Five hundred Paraguayans meet in groups of ten. They exchange opinions, discuss, intervene and conclude that the low quality of education and corruption are the issues that most affect their environment. And they do not stay there. They propose solutions, they talk with the community, they inform, they investigate, they look for alliances. This dynamic might sound similar to … [Lee más...] about Who said that young people don’t like school?
This entry is the continuation of last week's post that you can find here. Are we using the right tools to distinguish between good and bad investments? Sometimes, important social outcomes cannot be captured in a simple cost-benefit equation. Childcare policies for instance, have inter-generational consequences because they affect social norms. But, how do you give a … [Lee más...] about False economies: Childcare centers vs. Home visits, Round 2!
Is daycare a bad investment for Latin America? Last May at the IDB we had a great opportunity to discuss this central policy question for the region at the launching of the Book Cashing in on education. This question was also the title of the blog posted after the event by Justin Sandefur, one of the panelists, where two main policy alternatives were discussed: childcare … [Lee más...] about False economies: Childcare centers vs. Home visits – Round 1!
In recent years we have witnessed the active mobilization of Latin American societies. They are requiring greater social rights, especially the right to quality, inclusive and equitable education. Such claims are not unfounded. Students in Latin America and the Caribbean are several years away, in terms of expected learning, from their peers studying in developed OECD … [Lee más...] about How to accelerate improvements in education?