Education: A Golden Age

“The education sector’s structure and policies will change more in the next 3 years than they changed in the last 2,500 years”

Age 11 – a critical time for depth

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We see over and over and over again performance distribution curves that demonstrate how age 11 – typically the beginning of the 6th school year – is a critical age at which to start building global-level competence in the subject(s) in which one excels on a local scale. In mathematics the competence gap between the highest-performing and lowest-performing student in a typical local sixth school year student group is about 3 years; for global competitiveness it is imperative that the top year 6 students – the top ~3% of the student population – are taught separately.

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Vi ser av stadig flere fordelingskurver, i land etter land, at 6. skoleår er en kritisk tid når det gjelder å begynne å bygge ferdigheter på globalt nivå i de fagene man er god i på den lokale skalaen. I matematikk er ferdighetsgapet mellom faglig beste og faglig svakeste elev i en typisk ikke-tilpasset 6. trinn-klasse ca. 3 år. For Norges konkurransedyktighet er det avgjørende at den beste eleven (i de enkelte fagene) i hver 6. trinn-klasse – dvs. topp 3-4% av elevpopulasjonen – får fagundervisningen sammen med andre på samme nivå, i separate klasser.

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2008/06/7 - Posted by | Policy

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