Do you believe that a country’s economic success and the well-being of its residents are tied to how well its education system performs in relation to other countries?

Reflect on the following set of questions relating to education and the global knowledge economy:

1.Do you believe that a country’s economic success and the well-being of its residents are tied to how well its education system performs in relation to other countries?

2.Is education a human right, a public service or a personal investment? Which of these views most closely fits the ‘knowledge economy’ discourse and why?

3.Should information be treated like other types of property (e.g. clothing, cars)? What are the implications of this for students, educators, the private sector and the general public?

Do you think international achievement tests are useful? If so, for whom (teachers, parents, economists, curriculum writers, policymakers, etc.), and why?

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