We occasionally see reports or thoughts on the productivity of education – but it is a tricky situation to get to grips with … partly because it is so hard to define outputs – and especially effective outputs. 

Does it matter?  Isn’t education something we just have to provide?

Well, it matters.  Just take a look at the investment in education of any advanced country.  Millions or billions of dollars.  If we could improve the productivity of that investment, we could release some of that funding for other purposes – social development, cultural development, better healthcare –  or whatever.

So, next time you see a debate, join in – add your views to the structured discussion necessary to advance thinking on how we address this tricky – but important – issue.