Response to People for Education’s search for “indicators” of education success

“If it matters, measure it.”

No enterprise “matters” more than education, because all material, intellectual, spiritual, and other progress begins with education. Schooling is an important PART of education.

“Indicators” (by which I deduce that PfE means indicators of success) must be in terms of demonstrated results, i.e. mastery of some subject.

Here, one can limit himself to one key subject or else write another of the thousands of books about paradigms, tests, international rankings, etc. I will take the first option and touch on reading alone, which, arguably, is the key among keys to ongoing education. No other subjects can be successfully mastered without the ability to read about them with thorough understanding and quickly enough for the purpose. (Almost identical wording can be attached to mathematics and the rest.)

By restricting the discussion to objective RESULTS (rather than to lists of subjective “nice” indicators, which is so often done), one is entitled to ask: “Can Johnny read?” Proof of Johnny’s mastery of reading is relatively easy, because the small number of proof-of-mastery questions can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no”, details that won’t be dealt with here.

Thus: The king of all “indicators” is: Can Johnny read?

Frank Gue, B.Sc., MBA, P.Eng.,
2252 Joyce St.,
Burlington, ON L7R 2B5,
905 634 9538

 

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