Health and Education in the Modern World
Our challenge is to ensure healthy lives, and inclusive, quality education for people of all ages, and to promote lifelong learning.
By David Sobel, MD, MPH
Throughout human history, improved health and life expectancy have resulted more from safer environments (sanitation and clean water), better nutrition, and our inherent healing capacities than to advances in medical care when we get sick. How can we tap into this understanding to ensure a better future for us all?
Robert Ornstein and David Sobel
Imagine a treatment that lowers your blood pressure, decreases your risk for heart disease and cancer, boosts your immune function and blocks pain. It’s safe, inexpensive, and readily available. The main side effects include feeling good, an increased sense of well-being, and greater self-confidence. Would you take it?
Education’s primary goal is to prepare students for success in adult life. Our mid-21st century world has seen changes that no one would have envisaged even twenty years ago and mass education has not adapted.
David L. Kirp
How do we determine if our schools are preparing students for a meaningful future in our society and improve schools that are not living up to those standards? David Kirp explores the current crisis in American education and four districts that have made positive changes.
There may be a young girl in an African village with the potential to find a cancer cure. A fisherman’s son in New Guinea might have incredible insight into the health of the oceans. By combining the enlightened use of technology with the best teaching practices, we can foster students who are capable of self-directed learning, deep understanding of fundamentals, and creative approaches to real-world problems.
The OCED is a major source in our Human Journey assessment of key challenges we face on the road to the future. Founded in 1961 and headquartered in Paris, France, the OCED provides a forum for 35 member countries to share experiences, seek solutions to common problems, and promote policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
OECD Watch “aims to ensure that business activity contributes to sustainable development and poverty eradication and that corporations are held accountable for their impacts around the globe.”