Number decides policy: who decides the merits and faults?

Recently, the European Parliament has published a report on Access to quality education is essential for development, claims that developed countries should try to revise their aid plan, increasingly focusing on qualified help.

European Parliament’s report has referred to a large amount of numbers or statistics, more than 25 times. The book ’How Numbers Rule The World’ has pointed out the numbers, especially those authoritative statistics can efficiently affect the policy making. The dropping figure of progress pace and the donated finance do indicate it is the time to revise the plan.

However, when it evaluate the merits and faults of the past work, the article presents an obvious stance.

Within the post, on talking about the government budget spending on education and dropping economic amount aid, its subject is the whole world (the global government).The article is trying to blur the dropping aid budget as well.For example’Global government spending on education increased 4.6% to 5.1% of GNP….despite a widely accepted belief that should reach 20%….Since then the amount of education aid has begun to decline.’

But when it comes to the contribution and success, the subject is narrowed to be the EU, like’The EU is one of the leading promoters of universal primary education…. ‘

To large extent, the reason is the publisher is European Parliament, an authoritative and political media organisation.Official media normally take their own stance as the criteria to decide the merits and faults.

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