The WDR 2018: Learning for All, All for Learning

As Yogi Berra said, “It is hard to make predictions, especially about the future.” It is true some things are hard to predict, even as they are about to happen: few in 1988 predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall; few in 2009 saw the Arab Spring coming; few in the midst of the Cultural Revolution predicted the incredible economic rise of China. But we do know something about the quite distant future. We know exactly the state of basic education of the future generation. Why?

M Bhoj Reddy and EV Ram Reddi Endowment Lectures (14 Nov 2019)

The Incredible Difficulty of Following Success with Success: Why Schooling to Learning Is so Very Hard

RISE Research Director Lant Pritchett was recently invited to speak at the M Bhoj Reddy and EV Ram Reddi Endowment Lectures on 14 November 2019 in Hyderabad, India. Acknowledging India's impressive transformational success in expanding the number of children in school and the number of grades completed, Pritchett noted that the increase in access has not translated into learning outcomes.

Developing Country Education Systems That Learn

Change is hard. It is hard for individuals. It is extra hard for organizations. Change is especially hard for organizations when they have been successful. Organizations often develop strategies, norms, and practices that are tailored to produce success in a particular activity or context. When those strategies are successful, organizations have an especially difficult time to create and manage change that is not simply “more of the same, better.”

This is true even of large, successful, well-managed private sector organizations facing (organizational) life or death consequences.

Four Key Insights About the Political Economy of Learning

Lant Pritchett has a knack for making novel arguments and making them seem so obvious that one wonders how no one has made them before. His recent RISE working paper, The Politics of Learning: Directions for Future Research, is no exception. It’s chock-full of key insights for anyone who seeks to explain why developing country governments pursue their educational policies.