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Japan's Cutthroat School System: A Cautionary Tale for the U.S.

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by Noah Berlatsky, The Atlantic

 

A new book shows how fixating on testing and achievement can backfire.

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Pop-Up Schools Could Radically Improve Global Education | Wired Design | Wired.com

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by Dayo Olopade, Wired

 

Most of the buildings in Machakos, the former capital of Kenya, are made of concrete, with neat fences, informal gardens, indoor plumbing, and electricity, however erratic.

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Be Careful What You Wish For: Taiwan Has a Powerful Parent Union

Be Careful What You Wish For: Taiwan Has a Powerful Parent Union | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Chester Finn, Education Next

 

Taiwan has a powerful parent union that now appears to cause at least as much harm as it does good.

 

You think parent participation is a good thing, right, and schools should have more of it? Of course you do. Just as you surely want parents to have more choice among schools. You may even favor the parent-trigger mechanism for freeing a school from its district and turning it into a charter. Me, too.

 

Here’s some of what I’ll bet you don’t want: parental pressure tying school leaders and teachers into knots such that they cannot discipline or punish students, cannot make them stay after school, cannot under any circumstances expel or suspend them, cannot even confiscate their cell phones—and only at their peril can give them low marks or words of criticism.

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China’s 10 new and surprising school reform rules

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by Yong Zhao, Washington Post

 

The Chinese are going in a very different direction than the U.S.

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NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study: How Well Are We Really Doing?

NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study: How Well Are We Really Doing? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Marc Tucker questions the results from a recent NCES study linking NAEP and TIMSS scores.
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Measuring America's Decline, in Three Charts

Measuring America's Decline, in Three Charts | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by John Cassidy, The New Yorker

 

Taken together, these education statistics vividly illustrate some of the challenges facing an economic hegemon plagued by wage stagnation and rising inequality.

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New Study: Here's How the Students in Our States Stack Up Against Students In Other Countries

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by Joy Resmovits, Huff Post

 

When it comes to math skills, Alabama performs like Armenia, Mississippi comes close to Dubai, Washington, D.C., performs like Ukraine, and Massachusetts is just one rung below Japan, according to a study released by the U.S.

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How smart are American kids?

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by Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

 

Pretty smart, actually, if you don't cherry pick the evidence.

 

For the past couple of weeks, Bob Somerby has been reviewing Amanda Ripley's new book, The Smartest Kids in the World. I haven't linked to any of Somerby's increasingly acerbic posts about Ripley because I haven't read the book and can't vouch for how fair they are. But one point he makes is simple enough: for her international comparisons, Ripley relies entirely on a single test, the PISA, on which American students do relatively poorly. She ignores others with longer pedigrees, like the TIMSS, on which Americans do fairly well.

 
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As China Moves to Lower Professor’s Profile, Colleges Are Seeking to Raise Theirs

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by Andrew Jacobs, New York Times

 

Government efforts to silence a Peking University professor who has criticized Communist rule come as China’s colleges are ambitiously seeking respect abroad as great centers of learning.

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PISA's China Problem

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by Tom Loveless, Brookings

 

The Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA) will release its latest scores in December. The scores reported for Shanghai will not be representative of China as a whole although media coverage will suggest that they are.

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The science of good news: Column

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by Hank Campbell, USA Today

 

Why are the positives being treated as if they're negatives?

 

When I tell you that adult science literacy has nearly tripled in the past 25 years, that should be considered a good thing. And when I tell you that funding at the National Institutes of Health has gone up 50% since 2001, that is also a good thing.

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Nice to read the positive news.

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Be Careful What You Wish For

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by Yong Zhao, Education Week

 

Examines the Chinese struggle with students' academic overload and the two important lessons American education reformers can draw from the Chinese test-oriented culture.

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Ok, US wants to do as well as China, and now China is doing a 180.

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How We Learn From the World's Smartest Kids

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by Madeline McSherry, New America Foundation

 

We’ve known for decades that international students outperform American classes on standardized testing. So why haven’t we done more to emulate the education systems of those superior countries?

 

That question stumps Romesh Ratnesar, deputy editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, who joined New America NYC on Thursday evening to discuss New America Fellow Amanda Ripley’s new book, The Smartest Kids in the World.

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Amanda Ripley's book keeps the global gap in education on the front burner in the edu-blogosphere.  Nice article by Madeline McSherry.

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Finland Eyes Programming Classes for Elementary School Students

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by Samantha Murphy Kelly, Mashable

 

As Finland looks to boost its profile as an international startup hub, the country is turning its attention toward tech-oriented youth training programs.

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The Kids Are All Right-er

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Patte Barth, Huffington Post


Another report was released in October that deserves the attention of every American because it points to issues related to literacy in the U.S. that extend beyond the reach of schools alone.

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Recently, scores a international test of adults' literacy and numeracy showed that US adults rank much lower than do America's school children in international comparisons.

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Research suggests poor quality of teacher training programs in U.S. compared to other countries

Research suggests poor quality of teacher training programs in U.S. compared to other countries | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Aisha Asif , Hechinger Report The United States has some of the best university-based math teacher training programs in the world.
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Asia’s Parents Suffer from 'Education Obsession,' Go Deep into Debt

Asia’s Parents Suffer from 'Education Obsession,' Go Deep into Debt | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Parents in East Asian countries are increasingly making major sacrifices, both financial and personal, to provide a high-quality education for their kids.
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The 25 Countries With The Most Brainpower

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by Jonathan Wai, Max Nisen, Business Insider

 

Having brilliant people is essential to the future of any country. Along with a Duke IQ researcher, we've put together a ranking of the ones with the most.

 

Which country has the largest stock of brilliant people? The answer to this question depends in part on raw brainpower, but also on the size of a country.

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You can quik-scan the list

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International Test Scores Predict Nothing

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by Diane Ravitch, Huffington Post

 

The international test scores are poor economic barometers. What matters most in the decades ahead is the extent to which we cultivate creativity, ingenuity, curiosity, innovation, and thinking differently.

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The United States, Falling Behind

The United States, Falling Behind | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by the Editorial Board of the New York Times

 

An alarming report shows that American workers are poorly skilled compared with competitors abroad.

 

"Americans who are 55 to 65 perform about average in literacy skills, but young Americans rank the lowest among their peers in the countries surveyed. "

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

Interesting that older americans scored higher on the skills test than younger americans.  Yet, it seems that younger americans have a mindset that assumes current digital tools, and operate differently than many older americans.  Is that skill set measured?  Is that skills set overvalued?  Many questions...

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Every country that outperforms the U.S. has a constitutional or statutory commitment to this right.

Every country that outperforms the U.S. has a constitutional or statutory commitment to this right. | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Stephen Lurie, The Atlantic

 

Why doesn't the Constitution Guarantee the right to education?

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Why do Japanese children lead the world in numeracy and literacy?

Why do Japanese children lead the world in numeracy and literacy? | The Global Achievement Gap: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Justin McCurry, The Guardian

 

Emphasis on rote learning, theory and compulsory study to age of 18 pays off, but critics say it stifles critical thought

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The OECD Developed a Skills Test For Adults. What Were The Results?

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by Joy Resmovits, Huffington Post

 

The scores for what's billed as the world's most comprehensive adult skills exam are out -- and it's bad news for Americans.

 

The test is designed to gauge literacy and other skills necessary in the global economy. Statisticians have called it the richest international comparison in cognitive skills and human capital. PIAAC comes from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Andreas Schleicher. Schleichler created the Program for International Student Assessment, one of the most influential tests of 15-year-old students across the globe.

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What Countries Respect Teachers The Most And Least

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by Rebecca Klein, Huff Post

 

We may leave our children with them every day, but do we actually respect them?

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When Children are Born Learning

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Susan A. Buffett, Huffington Post

 

Here in the dawn of the 21st Century, this worrisome global competitiveness gap is directly related to the achievement gap we're struggling with in each local community throughout the United States.

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This article is by Warren Buffet's daughter.

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