tip#19 - How can Portugal improve its ranking in educational attainment so that its future generations can compete and contribute both nationally and globally?

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Professor Linda Darling-Hammond who directs the Stanford University Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and was founding director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future is an expert in the field. She dedicates herself to research, teaching, and policy work on issues of school restructuring, teacher quality and educational equity. Below is the basic outline of some of her ideas that I believe would work equally well here in Portugal. Of course her book (see book recommendation below) and various articles that she has written dive far deeper into the subject:

Implement and enforce anti-poverty measures.

Research consistently shows that if children are fed properly, housed properly, and given adequate healthcare, they perform better at school.

Structure curriculums around problem solving and critical thinking skills.

In the Save Our Schools March in Washington D.C in 2011, Darling Hammond said in her speech…
‘Many of the top-performing nations rely increasingly on assessments that include research projects, scientific investigation, and other intellectually challenging work – developed and scored by teachers – just as progressive educators here have been urging for years.’

Demand that your government

‘invest in the highest-quality preparation, mentoring and professional development for teachers and school leaders.’

Demand that your government

funds schools equitably rather than ‘rewarding schools that keep out and push out the highest need students.’

I urge any concerned parent or person interested in our future generations to read more of what Professor Darling-Hammond has to say.

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