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PISA results can lead policymakers astray

Dec 5th 2019HELSINKI AND TALLINNWHEN ESTONIA gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 it took the chance to reshape the country’s education system. Mailis Reps, the current education minister, says officials and politicians looked everywhere—from America to the Netherlands—for inspirati...

After two decades of PISA tests, why haven’t scores risen more?

EVERY THREE years, as they await PISA results, education ministers get a taste of the tension they inflict on children. The Programme for International Student Assessment is a test of the reading, maths and science abilities of youngsters in 79 countries, and provides an impartial check on t...

Denmark wants to break up ethnic enclaves. What is wrong with them?

FOR A SO-CALLED ghetto, Mjolnerparken seems rather pleasant. The public-housing complex in Copenhagen contains well-tended playgrounds full of cavorting children and their Somali- and Pakistani-Danish mothers. But it is a bit of a maze, and it can be hard for outsiders to find people, especial...

Denmark wants to break up ethnic enclaves. What is wrong with them?

FOR A SO-CALLED ghetto, Mjolnerparken seems rather pleasant. The public-housing complex in Copenhagen contains well-tended playgrounds full of cavorting children and their Somali- and Pakistani-Danish mothers. But it is a bit of a maze, and it can be hard for outsiders to find people, especial...

The global drugs trade shifts to west Africa

ONE OF AFRICA’S biggest-ever drug seizures took place on September 1st at a modest bungalow outside the town of Canchungo in Guinea-Bissau. Hidden behind a fake wall, Bissau-Guinean judicial police found 1,660kg of cocaine—enough to cut 100m lines. At two other houses nearby, they found a furt...

The global drugs trade shifts to west Africa

ONE OF AFRICA’S biggest-ever drug seizures took place on September 1st at a modest bungalow outside the town of Canchungo in Guinea-Bissau. Hidden behind a fake wall, Bissau-Guinean judicial police found 1,660kg of cocaine—enough to cut 100m lines. At two other houses nearby, they found a furt...

Countries are increasingly willing to censor speech online

IN 2016 THE World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Britain to be officially free from measles, a highly infectious illness that killed about 110,000 people around the world in 2017. The success was short-lived. After 991 infections were recorded in England and Wales in 2018, the WHO revo...
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