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April 18, 2012

The Negative Consequences of Overambitious Curricula in Developing Countries - Working Paper 293

Lant Pritchett and Amanda Beatty argue that many education systems are attempting to push children through curricular material faster than their teachers can teach it and their students can learn it. Students fall behind and eventually stop learning. The authors provide a formal model of this phenomenon and provide empirical evidence on its implications.