Teach the World: Why the UN Sustainable Development Goals Should Focus on Education

Eric A. Hanushek
Ludger Woessmann
Published Date
Foreign Affairs
In September the United Nations will finalize a new package of development goals that will guide the efforts of its member states to improve living conditions around the world. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are long on ambition—they intend to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” by 2030—but short on substance. Most importantly, the SDGs’ approach to education is insufficient.