Journal of Educational Change

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 87–90 | Cite as

Tough choices or tough times: The report on the new commission on the skills of the American workforce

Jossey-Bass, 2006
  • Pasi Sahlberg
Book Review

There appears to be not one nation in the world that is happy with its educational system today. Even internationally well-performing nations, such as Finland, Korea, Singapore and Canada, are concerned with how their education systems are coping with the challenges of globalization and its offspring. The global competition of labour, increasing migration and international insecurity are popular pretexts for educational reforms today. Many nations are also facing fundamentally new challenges caused by ageing populations, ethnic diversification and weakening social cohesion. At the same time, international student assessments have made comparisons of educational systems around the world easier than ever before. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is the latest and most widely used of such assessments. It has been a source of fundamental reforms in many countries, such as Germany, Japan, and Brazil.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Senior Education Policy ExpertEuropean Training FoundationTorinoItaly

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