A Batkin International Leaders Forum with President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
On June 30, Foreign Policy’s
Latin America Initiative
at Brookings hosted President Michelle Bachelet of Chile for a discussion on strengthening democracy and stability, focused on Chile’s present reform efforts. Brookings Acting Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Ted Piccone provided introductory remarks, and Director of the Latin America Initiative Harold Trinkunas moderated the discussion.
President Bachelet was re-elected in December 2013, having previously served as Chile’s first female president from 2006 to 2010. Her term in office was marked by her efforts to improve equity and social inclusion. Previously, she served as Chile’s minister of defense (2002-2004) and as minister of health (2000-2002). In a lifetime of public service, she has also held global leadership roles in the International Labor Organization, World Health Organization and as the inaugural director of U.N. Women.
Esther Care, an education expert at the Brookings Institution, calls the A-F grading system “nonsense.” “Grades are mere proxies for what we value. What we actually value is our children being prepared for the future,” she said. “We need to find ways in educational assessment to convey information about the degree to which they are ready to venture out and to deal constructively with the huge challenges posed by our 21st century.