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Peter S. Goodman

Some Nations Prove They're Actually Not Failing Their Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 01.24.2014 | World

Like children headed home with their report cards, the nations of the globe recently received grades on the educational achievement of their students ...

Jan Diehm

Surprising Test Results For Some Of The World's Richest Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Jan Diehm | Posted 01.24.2014 | World

The WorldPost has gotten the first look at the math scores of students at every socioeconomic decile from the 65 countries that participate in the Pro...

Philanthropy as an Asset Class

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Balkin

Perhaps if the wealthy started thinking about how they give in the same vein as how they invest, we would make major inroads and solve big problems.

Greece at the Helm of the EU, an Irony in the Making

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

It is ironic that Greece, in the throes of its debt crisis, is preparing to assume the presidency of the European Union officially as of January 8. Pa...

Pensions at a Glance -- Compare Your Country

OECD | Posted 03.08.2014 | Money
OECD

What percentage of GDP is spent on pensions? At what age are people exiting the labor market? What is the poverty rate for those over 65?

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

OECD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
OECD

Global food demand is rising so fast that farmers are beginning to have trouble keeping up. Projected world population growth, coupled with the new eating habits of a rising middle class, are likely to continue putting pressure on prices and boosting farm income levels for years to come.

In Search of Elusive Growth: Making the Most of R&D Tax Incentives

OECD | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
OECD

Finding new sources of growth right now is tough. Innovation -- which fosters competitiveness, productivity, and job creation -- can help but with budgets stretched to the limit how can governments boost innovation in their economies?

Eight Graphs Showing American Exceptionalism

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 02.26.2014 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

I prefer looking at this subject from a data point of view, asking where America is "exceptional" compared to other wealthy countries where I am using the definition of "exceptional" to mean "unusual." This definition does not make a distinction about better or worse.

Expecting More: Rigor and Excellence in Our Classrooms

Isiah Thomas | Posted 02.23.2014 | Education
Isiah Thomas

We owe it to our children and ourselves to demand higher expectations and a system where all stakeholders, from the state house to the school house are held accountable when it comes to education.

Catalyzing the Landmark G8 Commitment

George Vradenburg | Posted 02.22.2014 | Fifty
George Vradenburg

After the G8 event, it seems that the world is finally getting serious about beating a disease that has been rightly identified as the 21st century's "ticking-time bomb."

Migration, Inequality and Development: Why International Cooperation Is Needed

OECD | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
OECD

Migrants are all too often viewed as a problem in destination countries when they can and should be seen as a potential solution to inequality in and between nations.

How Will US Policymakers Respond to Our Falling PISA Test Scores?

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

Hysteria. That is what I predict will be happening in education circles next year. 2014 may turn out to be frightening for education in America: We w...

Are Current School Reforms Imperiling Long-Term Gains?

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jack Jennings

A blizzard of education reports and studies appears every year. This swirl of information, analysis, and commentary -- some of which is contradictory -- makes it difficult to understand the condition of America's public schools. In short, are the schools getting better or worse?

Rich Man, Poor Man: Are 'The 1%' Worth It?

OECD | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
OECD

But if we accept the idea -- and not everyone does -- that too much inequality benefits the rich and hurts the poor we're left with another question: How much inequality is "too much" inequality?

Rich Man, Poor Man: The Middle Classes -- Now You See Them, Now You Don't

OECD | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
OECD

In any case, defining "middle class" in purely economic terms misses a lot. That's because to be middle class is as much a question of values as of income or wealth.

Media: Play Fair With Economic Reporting on Greece

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.15.2014 | Media
Robert Naiman

The Greek government is forecasting 0.6 percent economic growth in 2014, after six straight years of economic contraction. But the OECD doesn't agree with the Greek government's forecast of modest good news.

A New Majority for Our Schools, Our Solutions

Randi Weingarten | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

What if, instead of using international rankings to bash our students, schools and teachers, we learned from top-performing countries and applied their lessons for the benefit of all children?

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

Rich Man, Poor Man: Poverty, Then And Now

OECD | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
OECD

Should we try to end poverty? "Yes," you reply, and wonder why we'd even ask. People in earlier times would have been surprised, too. And for them, the answer would have been equally obvious -- "no."

Prosperity Knocks

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Sir Peter Westmacott

Growth is not as strong as we want it to be. Investment and exports are too low. To take on these issues, we need to keep bearing down on the deficit and making life easier for businesses -- both those already in the UK and international firms that want to invest.

LOOK: This Is How Preschool Impacts Student Outcomes

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.09.2013 | World

If policymakers want to improve students’ scores on international exams, they should start by bettering education options for their littlest learner...

Reforming Education -- Where to Start?

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 01.28.2014 | HuffPost Home
Andreas Schleicher

When faced with challenging issues, we all know that a good way to compile a selection of possible solutions is to look around and see how others have...

STEM Sells: Getting the Female Perspective on Math

John K. Herr | Posted 01.27.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

Testing must be made relevant to the everyday lives of teen and 'tween girls. What are their actual dreams and aspirations? Let's take a cue from GoldieBlox and design math tests "from the female perspective."

Latin American Growth: Increased Prosperity And Inclusiveness

OECD | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
OECD

Countries must put in place necessary reforms to safeguard the progress achieved to date and continue addressing the region's longer-term challenges, notably slow productivity growth, poverty and high inequality.

Age Management: Best Employers Lead the Way

Bradley Schurman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Bradley Schurman

Access to employment is one of the most challenging issues facing older people today. However, organizations and nations have largely ignored the substantial demographic shifts over the past century. Humanity has increased life expectancy by nearly 30 years over the past century and this "longevity bonus" increases opportunities for individuals, as well as society.