'If "soft skills" really matter then we should try to measure them'
Countries need to explicitly care about human dignity and value cultural diversity as well as wanting to move up the Pisa performance league table, writes a leading educationalist.
In 2018, Pisa will be reporting on a new domain, Global Competence. The test will measure analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as intercultural understanding of global issues.
It will also survey students’ attitudes through questionnaires to gauge their openness towards people from other cultures, respect for cultural otherness, global-mindedness and responsibility.
In 2015, Pisa tested another innovative domain, collaborative problem-solving, and, looking ahead, it has an ambitious programme for tackling related new capabilities.