This book, from internationally renowned education scholar Pasi Sahlberg and his colleagues, focuses on some of the most controversial issues in contemporary education reform around the world. The authors devote a chapter to each of these Òhard questionsÓ: Does parental choice improve education systems? Is there a future for teacher unions? What is the right answer to the standardised testing question? Can schools prepare children for the 21st-century workplace? Will technology save schools? Can anyone be a teacher? Should higher education be for the public good? What knowledge and skills should an educator have?Each educational change question sheds much-needed light on todayÕs large-scale education policies and related reforms around the world. The authors focus on what makes each question globally significant, what we know from international research and what can be inferred from benchmark evidence. The final chapter offers a model for policymakers with implications for teaching, learning and schooling overall.Book Features: An in-depth look at the most contentious areas of contemporary education reform. Concrete examples from across the globe. Commentary from key experts, authorities and organisations. A consistent, accessible organisation that will appeal to staff and students. Lessons learned that illuminate a good way forward to improve the educational experience of all students.