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Real lessons from Finland: Hard choices, rigorously implemented

Real lessons from Finland: Hard choices, rigorously implemented | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Given Finland's success on international assessments, it must follow that American schools would do better if we Xeroxed the Finland model. Right? Not exactly. First, there has been at least some evidence of late suggesting ...
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What is the Global Achievement Gap and What Do Parents Need to Know About It?

What is the Global Achievement Gap and What Do Parents Need to Know About It? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

America’s public school system enjoyed the limelight for nearly a century. But in the last few decades our performance has been overshadowed by many industrialized nations.

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Inside Steve Jobs schools: swapping books for iPads

Inside Steve Jobs schools: swapping books for iPads | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Marsh, Guardian

 

Schools in the Netherlands have shunned textbooks and only use Apple tablets for teaching and learning. A year in, journalist Sarah Marsh investigates how pupils and teachers are faring

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If Massachusetts Were A Country, Its Students Would Rank 9th In The World - Forbes

If Massachusetts Were A Country, Its Students Would Rank 9th In The World - Forbes | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by James Crotty, Forbes


The U.S. continues to trail its peers in global measures of academic excellence.

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American Kids Will Spend An Average Of 943 Hours In Elementary School This Year

American Kids Will Spend An Average Of 943 Hours In Elementary School This Year | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Growing up in England, I attended a school where administrators thought it was a good idea to teach two dozen rowdy 14-year-old girls "food technology." This turned out to be a euphemistic mantle g...
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Fatal Attraction: America’s Suicidal Quest for Educational Excellence

Fatal Attraction: America’s Suicidal Quest for Educational Excellence | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Yong Zhao

 

In 2009 Dr. Beverly Hall, former superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools, was named America’s National Superintendent of the Year for “representing the ‘best of the best’ in public school leadership.”[1]Hall was hosted in the White House by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. In 2010, the American Educational Research Association honored her with its Distinguished Community Service Award, which “recognizes exceptional contributions to advancing the use of education research and statistics.”[2] Also in 2010, President Obama appointed Hall to the elite National Board for Education Sciences.

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The Global Search for Education: How to Lead Well

The Global Search for Education: How to Lead Well | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by CAthy Rubin, Huffington Post

 

How do you they lead their people well and subsequently bring about change on a global scale? Andy Hargreaves, Alan Boyle and Alma Harris conducted an extensive seven-year global research study that focused on fifteen high-performing organizations i...

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6 Myths in the New York Times Math Article by Elizabeth Green

6 Myths in the New York Times Math Article by Elizabeth Green | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tom Loveless, Brookings

 

Critiques Elizabeth Green’s recent New York Times article about math instruction, and identifies six myths that the author relied on to tell her story.

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Myth #1: Japan Scores Higher Than the U.S. on Math Tests Because Japanese Teachers Teach Differently
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Why We Should Not Copy South Korea

Why We Should Not Copy South Korea | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Diane Ravtich, Huffington Post

 

We have heard again and again that we are losing "the global competition" to nations like South Korea where students and parents take tests very seriously. But are test scores worth it?...

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Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Pasi Sahlberg, Washington Post

 

Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg explains in an important post.

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Map: Who has the longest and shortest summer break in Europe

Map: Who has the longest and shortest summer break in Europe | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Libby Nelson, Vox

 

Italian kids get a long, long summer off.

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Sweden Introduced School Choice—Then Things Got Ugly

Sweden Introduced School Choice—Then Things Got Ugly | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ray Fisman, Slate

 

Every three years, Americans wring their hands over the state of our schools compared with those in other countries. The occasion is the triennial release of global scholastic achievement rankings based on exams administered by the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, which tests students in 65 countries in...

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How the U.S. Stacks Up: FIFA versus PISA

How the U.S. Stacks Up: FIFA versus PISA | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
What do the education-policy world and the sports world have in common? For one, Americans are rabidly passionate about both. What’s more, both really love rankings. And you think we’re bad at soccer? We’re even worse in education.
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a funny from ed reformers, comparing pisa and fifa.  Nice looking chart!

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The Global Search for Education: East vs. West - Part 1

The Global Search for Education: East vs. West - Part 1 | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by C.M. Rubin, Huffington Post

 

"While there is rich cultural diversity in Asian countries, it is not as pronounced or complex as in many Western systems such as the USA and the UK. In inner city London it is perfectly possible for a teacher to be facing a class of children w...

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Why Finland's Schools Are Top-Notch

Why Finland's Schools Are Top-Notch | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
On CNN.com, Visiting Professor Pasi Sahlberg writes about the main factors that prevent American students from achieving the kind of success that Finnish students attain.
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Why Finland's schools are top-notch

Why Finland's schools are top-notch | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Pasi Sahlberg says America can learn from Finland, which has one of the leading education systems in the world.
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The Global Search for Education: China -- To Follow or Not to Follow?

The Global Search for Education: China -- To Follow or Not to Follow? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Cathy Rubin, Huffington Post

 

The Western legacy of educational virtue has been called into question by the better PISA test score results coming out of other countries, especially China. Should we in the US be following Shanghai's lead and focusing on improving our students' tes...

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Why admiring Chinese test scores might hurt U.S. schools

Why admiring Chinese test scores might hurt U.S. schools | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jay Mathews, Washington Post

 

While respect for teachers’ authority is often lauded, author argues that authoritarian culture stifles creativity.

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Graduates in Italy and Spain have low basic skills, says OECD report

Graduates in Italy and Spain have low basic skills, says OECD report | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Lizzy Davies, The Guardian

 

Report says university graduates in the southern Europea are less skilled than high school leavers in Japan and Holland

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South Korea’s $18 Billion Education Problem

South Korea’s $18 Billion Education Problem | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jeyup Kwaak, Wall Street Journal

 

In South Korea, the yearly college entrance exam is a make-or-break moment for young people’s lives. So when the new education minister hinted at a significant reform, local news outlets and social media jumped.

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South Korea’s Education System Hurts Students

South Korea’s Education System Hurts Students | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Se Woong Koo, New York Times

 

South Korean education produces ranks of overachieving students who pay a stiff price in health and happiness.

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US educators lead the world in overestimating student poverty, which may affect educational mobility

US educators lead the world in overestimating student poverty, which may affect educational mobility | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Do educators’ perceptions of how disadvantaged their students are matter? Put another way, when teachers think their students are underprivileged, do they have lower expectations for them, and do their students achieve less at school? In a July 22, 2014, article “Poverty and the perception of poverty – how both matter for schooling outcomes,” Andreas …
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U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education

U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The U.S. ranked near the bottom in an exhaustive international comparison of educational innovation, but received high grades for use of assessments and parent engagement.
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Report finds U.S. primary, secondary schools rank below average in innovation

Report finds U.S. primary, secondary schools rank below average in innovation | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Caroline Porter, Wall Street Journal

 

The U.S. ranks below average when it comes to innovation in primary and secondary schools, while countries such as Denmark, Indonesia and South Korea top the charts, according to an international report.

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How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tim Walker, The Atlantic

 

An American teacher in Helsinki questions the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he sees the difference it makes in his classroom.

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24 Stunning Photos Of China's Insanely Stressful College Entrance Exam Process

24 Stunning Photos Of China's Insanely Stressful College Entrance Exam Process | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
REUTERS/China Daily Nearly 9.8 million Chinese high school students took the National College Entrance Exam, called gaokao, on June 7 and 8. The emphasis o
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Finns beat U.S. with low-tech take on school

Finns beat U.S. with low-tech take on school | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Caitlin Emma, Politico

 

HELSINKI — At the start of morning assembly in the state-of-the-art Viikki School here, students’ smartphones disappear. In math class, the teacher shuts off the Smartboard and begins drafting perfect circles on a chalkboard. The students — some of the highest-achieving in the world — cut up graphing paper while solving equations...

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