As the coronavirus pandemic continues to highlight the inequalities that exist in the world, humanity must change course and commit to an educational alliance that ensures a brighter future for young people, Pope Francis said.

A superficial approach to education that relies solely on “standardized test results, functionality and bureaucracy” and that “confuses education with instruction” must be left behind, the pope said in an Oct. 15 video message to participants at a meeting on the Global Compact on Education.

“The value of our educational practices will be measured not simply by the results of standardized tests, but by the ability to affect the heart of society and to help give birth to a new culture,” he said. “A different world is possible, and we are called to learn how to build it.”

Praise the Lord

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