Christian Beck – The Decline of Modern Schools and the Emergence of a New Civil Sector of Education

Biography:

Christian W. Beck. A. Professor, dr. phil. in Education, University of Oslo, Norway. Research in Sociology of Education for many years. Dr. thesis: “Home education in Norway” (2006), empiric based in a survey of Norwegian home education families. Participation in OTH (The Norwegian centre for home education information).

Topic:

The Decline of Modern Schools and the Emergence of a New Civil Sector of Education

Pisa (2006) shows a positive correlation between economical development and learning results in OECD-countries. But specially USA and Norway with highest gross national product per capita (BNC) and high developed schoolsystems have bad pisa results. Modern schools seems to have passed the peak. Still, more school is tried, to overcome this decline of modern schools. Alternatives to schools like home education, open free schools, unschooling, informal education etc. are not only a human right for minorities, but necessary experiments for future education in general. The emergence of a new civic sector of modern education will be discussed.

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