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Only High-Quality Early Education Programs Work

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By Ariel Fiszbein

There is increasing interest in and support for investments in early childhood development. Nobel Prize laureate Jim Heckman has become one of the most vocal voices in the US around the world arguing that investing in the human capital of young children is a fiscally responsible way of reducing costs and promoting economic growth.

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Technology in Education: To Guide or Not to Guide

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By Elena Arias Ortiz and Julian Cristia

The following article by Elena Arias Ortiz and Julian Cristia was originally written for WISE ed.review, a website that offers a daily selection of cutting-edge news, fresh insights and innovative trends in education. WISE has given The Inter-American Dialogue permission to reproduce the piece on the PREAL blog. To read the original article, click here.

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Education and Asset Building as the Answer to the Child Migrant Crisis

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By Manuel Orozco

With the news and debate about the increase of unaccompanied minors from Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) to the United States emerged a discussion surrounding the ‘root causes’ of the crisis.  While the discussion has somewhat dissipated because the crisis is no longer such a political problem, two issues must be considered in light of the recent Central American governments’ proposal of the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle. The plan proposes investments in infrastructure and energy, yet it is important to pay attention to some determining factors that have driven migration and its immediate solutions.

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PREAL Publications: Teacher Perceptions and Practices in Latin America

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By Belén Cumsille R.

The most recent PREAL Policy Brief “Teacher Perceptions and Practices Around the World. Analyzing the TALIS results from a Latin American perspective” examines the results of the second version of the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey. The survey focuses on the processes of teaching and learning, regarded from the perspective of teachers in the areas of professional development, appraisal and schools feedback practices, teaching practices, self-efficacy, value of the teaching profession, and job satisfaction. Read more

Myths and Realities About Teacher Absenteeism: The Case of Buenos Aires

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By Silvia Montoya*

On any given day in the city of Buenos Aires, approximately one in every ten teachers is absent. This percentage is greater than the observed figures in first world countries, while inferior to the figures reported in other developing countries and in other provinces in Argentina.

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Where is all the Professional Talent in Latin America?

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By Federico Sucre

A new report finds that Latin America leads the world in talent shortages, and that the problem is getting worse. According to ManpowerGroup, five of the top ten countries that have had difficulty filling jobs in 2014 are from Latin America – Peru, Brazil, Panama, Argentina, and Colombia (See Figure 1). By contrast, in 2013 the only country in the region that made it to the top ten was Brazil. Read more

The Legal Battle Over Teacher Tenure

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By Jeffrey Puryear

A recent California court decision on teacher tenure, dismissal and seniority may have signaled a greater role for civil society and the courts in the battles over education reform in the United States. Read more

A Little Less Evaluation, A Little More Feedback, Please…

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By Alejandro Ganimian

The following article by Alejandro Ganimian was originally written for WISE ed.review, a website that offers a daily selection of cutting-edge news, fresh insights and innovative trends in education. WISE has given The Inter-American Dialogue permission to reproduce the piece on the PREAL blog. To read the original article, click here. Read more

The Paradox of Education in Chile

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By Ariel Fiszbein and Emiliana Vegas

In an article published by El País, Ariel Fiszbein and Emiliana Vegas argue that Chile is currently undergoing a profound debate on the future of its education system. Despite being the most advanced country in Latin America with respect to education, Chile wants to be a developed country and is not satisfied with only comparing results with its neighbors. Its role models are the most developed countries who are fellow members of the OECD group. In this group, the Chilean education system leaves much to be desired. Read more

How Lack of Skills Can Derail Mexico’s Energy Reform

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By Jason Fargo*

Firms across Latin America are complaining about the difficulties of recruiting workers with the technical skills their business demands. The existence of significant (and growing) skills gaps is a recurrent theme in a range of surveys and reports. Lack of adequate skills is becoming a bottleneck for growth in technologically complex industries, harming efforts by governments to increase investment in strategic sectors of their economies. The energy sector is a case in point. Read more

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