Over 50 million children are left behind each year, in that they do not attend school. Perhaps twice that number are left behind in that they attend school but learn almost nothing. Then there is everyone else, and they're not doing much better either. Take America, for instance, which has a higher education system that is the envy of the world but a K-12 system that is an embarrassment to the world.
How do we fix this mess? In today's lesson, Vikas Pota points out that to fix the problem we have to measure it first, and the problem for Pota comes down to the quality of teaching in the classroom. So how can we attract the best teachers and retain them? Pota, the CEO of the Varkey GEMS Foundation, today on Big Think announces the release of the first comprehensive attempt to compare the status of teachers across the world.