In his new book, Lant Pritchett, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and professor at Harvard's Kennedy School, writes that while most countries are meeting the goal of universal primary-school completion, there remains a gap between schooling and education. To improve, he finds that countries should focus on a performance-learning system and give more autonomy to local entities.
One way to handle water and sanitation issues in the post-2015 development goals is to create a single goal. But others think it's better to spread the concepts throughout the post-2015 goals. "Water-related challenges hit the poor the hardest," says United Nations Water's Michel Jarraud. "This is where we should focus our efforts. We now need to build on what we already have and how to make the next goals even better."
Advanced algebra courses may be necessary only for high-school students planning to enter science, technology, engineering or math fields, according to a study by the nonprofit National Center on Education and the Economy and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The study, released today, finds that students planning to enroll in a community college should instead take more basic courses focused on the type of math they will use in their careers.
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What do workers want? Lunch, free home broadband and the option of bringing their dogs to the office. Small firms might not offer gold-plated health insurance benefits or generous retirement plans, but they often excel at quirky benefits that make employees happy.