The Almagro Campus of Camilo José Cela University hosted the panel on ‘International perspective on 21st century educational reforms’, in which the current state of national and international education was discussed with Alexander Tiana, Secretary of State for Education; Antonio Moreno, director of the Higher Institute for Teacher Training of the Ministry of Education and Science; Fernando Reimers, director of the Global Initiative for Educational Innovation at Harvard University and visiting professor at UCJC and Francisco López Rupérez, Director of the Chair of Educational Policies at Camilo José Cela University.
At the event Antonio Moreno described education as “the engine of the people” and extolled its key importance: “It is necessary to attend to education to ensure its fundamental role in society be less costly,” he said. He was followed by the other speakers who analysed a different aspect of education and its role in the development and evolution of society.
Fernando Reimers explained the different professional, institutional and political perspectives that govern international education and how each of these forms an inseparable whole to understand and reform the world’s learning systems. “Educational systems are embedded in political systems and changes must be consistent in both”, said the Harvard University professor, who highlighted the level of the educational systems of countries such as Finland and Singapore.
Meanwhile, Francisco López Rupérez focused his speech on the rational approach to educational reforms. “Rationality in education is an indisputable element in the improvement of individuals and the improvement of societies.” In addition, he warned that educational reforms need about a decade to be consolidated, “so it is necessary that these reforms to be stable”.
The director of the Chair of Educational Policies at Camilo José Cela University offered five recommendations based on good educational practices in countries with high educational performance: clearly defined priorities; basing reforms on knowledge, empirical evidence and research; adopting systemic and coherent approaches; assigning critical and decisive importance to the implementation of reforms and promoting consensus among the sectors involved.
Alejandro Tiana began his speech by stating that “the Spanish educational system needs changes”. The Secretary of State for Education believes that “in the 21st century, the pace of evolution of the Spanish educational system has slowed down.” Tiana also outlined the latest reform of the Spanish educational system carried out by the government, and among the factors to be improved and modified she highlighted the high rate of early school leaving, the need to increase educational inclusion, making changes in schools and the importance of teacher training.
In conclusion, Nieves Segovia, president of the SEK Group, thanked the guest speakers and took the opportunity to highlight that “the education sector deserves to celebrate the end of the academic year, a year in which we have all worked so hard”. Segovia ended her speech by highlighting the support of the educational community over such an unusual academic year: “We have never had such sensitivity towards learning from the sector itself”.