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OECD - Andreas Schleicher

 

 

Andreas Schleicher

 

The College Principal, Professor Peter Finn, recently attended a meeting with Andreas Schleicher at the headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

 

Professor Peter Finn at OECD headquarters with the Presidents of Marino Institute of Education and Mary Immaculate College, as well as the Head of the School of Primary Education at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth

 

Professor Finn was accompanied by the Presidents of Marino Institute of Education (Dr Anne O’Gara) and Mary Immaculate College (Professor Michael Hayes) as well as the Head of the School of Primary Education at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Ms Marie McLoughlin).

The OECD expert has a very clear view on the role of education in the formation of young people today which has implications for the work of St Mary's University College:

We need to think hard about how to prepare young people for this world. In the past education was about teaching people something. Now it’s about ensuring students have a reliable compass and the navigation skills to find their way through a volatile and uncertain world. Today schools need to prepare students for more rapid economic and social change than ever before, for jobs that have not been created, to use technologies that have not been invented, and solve social problems that we don’t yet know will ever arise. The world no longer rewards people for simply what they know. . . but for what they can do with what they know. The International Summit of the Teaching Profession isn’t just about what to do but how to make it actually happen.

(Andreas Schleicher, OECD)