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By Geoff N. Masters (auth.), Phillip Hughes (eds.)

Due to the improvement of the foreign schooling for All and schooling for Sustainable improvement hobbies, for which UNESCO is the lead organisation, there was an expanding emphasis at the strength of schooling and education to assist construct extra simply and equitable societies. hence giving everybody the chance to advance their skills to the total, despite features corresponding to gender, socio-economic prestige, ethnicity, non secular persuasion, or neighborhood position. As enshrined within the United countries statement on Human Rights over 5 many years in the past, everybody has the suitable to obtain a top quality and proper schooling. for you to attempt to accomplish that perfect, many nations are considerably re-engineering their schooling structures with an expanding emphasis on selling fairness and equity, and on making sure that everybody has entry to a top quality and suitable schooling. also they are relocating clear of the conventional outlook of virtually solely stressing formal schooling in colleges because the most dear method during which humans examine, to accepting that vital and worthwhile studying doesn't simply ensue in formal, devoted schooling associations, but in addition via casual and non-formal skill. therefore studying is either lifelong and life-wide. This publication brings jointly the event and study of forty acknowledged and skilled opinion leaders in schooling world wide. The publication investigates the best methods of making sure the UNESCO goal of potent schooling for every person within the trust that not just may still schooling be a correct for all, but additionally that schooling and education has the aptitude to remodel person lives and to give a contribution to the advance of extra simply, humane and equitable societies.

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1 But that report also drew attention to concerns about the perception in the Australian community that public schools were being down-valued, in the context of a more general trend towards privatisation. Since that time, we have shared with many others growing fears that the vision of a strong and socially representative system of public schooling was slipping from our grasp. The Australian Capital Territory, where Phillip was the foundation chair for the then Schools Authority which governed the public school system, provides an example of the social stratification that has occurred over the years among schools 1 This was produced by the Australian College of Education and the Australian Council for Educational Administration.

6 Public Education: Its Value Is Beyond Price 31 schooling and to ignore that it is, in reality, the backbone of the school system as a whole. As one of our education colleagues described it, ‘the Australian education system, taken as a whole, is evolving into something but we don’t know what4’. Perhaps we were conducting a long experiment with schools funding that was producing an evolutionary change into a hybrid organism without a backbone? If that has been the case, then the current minister appears to be calling this whole venture into question.

1007/978-94-007-5294-8_4, © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013 21 22 D. Meier mind we believe essential for both their individual futures and for the future of the larger community as well. For us, in the USA, that has to include a heavy dose of education focused on what is necessary to preserve, nourish, and improve democracy. And surely tests with right and wrong answers are not a measure of these. Nor is sitting still and listening well, or guessing successfully what “they” want as an answer, or competing with one’s classmates for the limited places in this game of musical chairs.

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