http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgByMakki Marseilles. Valuable without a doubt though they are, reports such as the OECD’s Education at a Glance have two major drawbacks. They are based on previous years' data, which are out of date (how could it be otherwise), and they are often too late to affect government decisions made under the weight of real events – political, economic, social and cultural. How valuable these reports are to educators, parents, and other educational practitioners as the report claims is a moot point, but experience teaches that politicians are notoriously bad students, often acting on the basis of ideology rather than rationalism. Read more...