Leapfrogging Inequality: Remaking Education to Help Young People Thrive

Leapfrogging Inequality: Remaking Education to Help Young People Thrive

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Exemplary stories of innovation from around the world

In an age of rising inequality, getting a good education increasingly separates the haves from the have nots. In countries like the United States, getting a good education is one of the most promising routes to upper-middle-class status, even more so than family wealth. Experts predict that by 2030, 825 million children will reach adulthood without basic secondary-level skills, and it will take a century for the most marginalized youth to achieve the educational levels that the wealthiest enjoy today. But these figures do not even account for the range of skills and competencies needed to thrive today in work, citizenship, and life. In a world where the ability to manipulate knowledge and information, think critically, and collaboratively solve problems are essential to thrive, access to a quality education is crucial for all young people.

In Leapfrogging Inequality, researchers chart a new path for global education by examining the possibility of leapfrogging—harnessing innovation to rapidly accelerate educational progress—to ensure that all young people develop the skills they need for a fast-changing world. Analyzing a catalog of nearly 3,000 global education innovations, the largest such collection to date, researchers explore the potential of current practices to enable such a leap. As part of this analysis, the book presents an evidence-based framework for getting ahead in education, which it grounds in the here-and-now by narrating exemplary stories of innovation from around the world. Together, these stories and resources will inspire educators, investors, leaders of nongovernmental organizations, and policymakers alike to rally around a new vision of educational progress—one that ensures we do not leave yet another generation of young people behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815735717
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 557,953
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Rebecca Winthrop is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. Her research focuses on improving education globally, with special attention to innovative education models, the skills children need to succeed in life, and quality learning for the most marginalized children and youth, including girls and children affected by extreme violence.

Adam Barton is a research assistant at the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution.

Eileen McGivney was a research associate at the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution.

Table of Contents



Introduction: Inequality Driven by Education

Why Do We Need to Leapfrog?

What Do We Mean by Leapfrogging?

Can We Leapfrog?

How to Leapfrog

The Potential to Leapfrog




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