On May 15th, 2020, there were 450,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 25,000 related deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the absence of a cure or a vaccine, countries in the region have resorted to lockdowns and physical distancing to reduce the rate of infection and avoid overwhelming national health systems. But the challenge of addressing the pandemic … [Read more...] about Poor Health, Poverty and the Challenges of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean
Progress for women in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last few decades has been impressive. Many women now take center stage in the arts, business, music, politics, science and the sports world. Laws equally protect women, and the increase in their labor force participation has been rapid, rising 17 percentage points in the 25 years between 1990-2015 to more than … [Read more...] about Gender Inequality in Latin America: The Long Road Ahead
As parents, we want schools to teach values as well as academic subjects. We want them to impart to our kids qualities like patience and grit -- traits that experts in education have long understood to be as important to academic and professional achievement as the ability to do math and use language. Yet, despite parents' wishes, too little thought has been given as to how … [Read more...] about Persevere and Triumph: Teaching Grit and Patience for School Success
Teaching is one of the most important professions, vital to a nation's long-term dynamism and productivity. But it is simply too hard to get all but the most dedicated teachers to commit to long-term careers, when, as in Chile and the United States, they make two-thirds of what people of a similar educational background earn. That is the dilemma Chile tried to confront in 2002 … [Read more...] about Keeping the Best Teachers: Is Money the Answer?
“Ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.” This is one of many important targets set by the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2015. How hard will it be to achieve this goal by 2030? Answering this question requires picking this target apart, as … [Read more...] about Ensuring Access to Quality Early Childhood Development: Anything but Child’s Play