Title: Educational rankings: Towards an Index of Flourishing Education
Well-known and much watched international rankings of education such as the International Student Assessment (PISA) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) are too narrowly focused to be more than partial assessments of the education quality of educational systems. While measures of learning in mathematics and science are undoubtedly important, especially in their economic implications, they fail to take in account other educational goals, such as developing fully functioning and realised human beings. Much as economic growth and per capita GDP alone has been supplemented by the human development index as a measure of well-being, a new index needs to be put in place. I propose a concept of Flourishing Life as a basis for a more multi-faceted measure of education achievement and for an index for such achievement.
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