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By Simon Marginson

Whilst will the ‘education revolution’ fairly commence? Is the state prepared for the demanding situations of the worldwide wisdom economic system and the rising centres of innovation around the globe? What are the main difficulties and the place are the coverage strategies? those are the questions addressed in schooling, technology and Public coverage, during which 9 coverage practitioners and educators form the data economic climate into bite-sized chunks for public coverage debate. individuals comprise Terry Moran, Maxine McKew, Collette Tayler, Barry McGaw, Shih Choon Fong, Simon Marginson, Michael Gallagher, Margaret Gardner and Ian Chubb.

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In economic terms early childhood is a producer of social, human and identity capital. It sets the foundations for the knowledge and skills, competencies and personal attributes that allow people to contribute to their own wellbeing, their social wellbeing, and that of their country. These OECD reviews follow a standard process. First, the countries that agree to take part each prepare a background report of national data and evidence in the area under review, in this case early childhood education, based on a set of questions asked by the OECD.

But access is a quantity issue. There’s always a tension between providing quality services and providing sufficient quantity of service to give everybody access. For example South Korea expanded early childhood programs massively in the early 2000s. It had focused on quantity and let the quality side drift. Since then it has realised how important quality is, and has trebled its investment. Thus, third, we have to deal with funding. 13 Australians talk about how many billions of dollars we spend, not what percentage of GDP that spending represents, or the level of access for children.

Considering students with median scores in year 9, high socioeconomic status students had a 66 per cent chance of going to university with an average university admission index of 77. Low socioeconomic status (SES) students were dramatically differentiated, having only a 20 per cent chance of getting to university. They had an average university admission score of 63. Being poor cost these students 14 university entrance points. Not providing these equally intelligent students with equitable access costs the nation greatly in lost productivity, innovation and potential.

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