Irish schools need to modernise ‘20th century’ approach to learning, warns OECD

OECD’s Andreas Schleicher says education system must avoid producing ‘second-class robots’

Andreas Schleicher, head of education for the OECD, says Ireland’s education system is based on a 20th century model of learning. Photograph: Marco Illuminati

Andreas Schleicher, head of education for the OECD, says Ireland’s education system is based on a 20th century model of learning. Photograph: Marco Illuminati

Ireland’s education system is based on a 20th century model of learning and needs to modernise to avoid producing “second-class robots” in a world of rapid technological change, the head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s education division has said.

Andreas Schleicher, one of the most influential figures in global education, said there was still too much focus in Irish classrooms on transmitting knowledge and not enough on equipping students to “think outside the box”.

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