Let Us Turn Around and Face the Future

  • Joanna Le MétaisEmail author
  • Don W. Jordan
Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 20)


In her 2002 study,Does Education Matter? Myths About Education and Economic GrowthAlison Wolf concludes that

The lesson of the last century must be that, for individuals, [education] matters more than ever before in history. And not just any education: having the right qualifications, in the right subjects, from the right institutions, is of ever growing importance. Fewer and fewer jobs and opportunities are open to those who are denied, or reject, formal education; and, for the young, long periods in school and university increasingly appear not as an option, but as pretty much a necessity. (Wolf, 2002, p. 244)

Most developed countries now require young people to pursue a full-time education for about 10 years, with an encouragement or expectation that they continue, at least on a part-time basis, until the age of 18.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Le Metais ConsultingAscotUK
  2. 2.Education ConsultantTaroonaAustralia

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