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Why is a country the size of New Mexico beating the U.S. in academic performance?

Why is a country the size of New Mexico beating the U.S. in academic performance? | America vs Other Countries | Scoop.it
Here's why.
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Especially with Common Core being such a hot topic issue now and it being claimed as the next big fix for American education, it's good to look at other insights as to why America falls behind other countries. This article addresses important points that Finland does differently than us. it's relevant because it addresses the issue that we have left unaddress all these years. Teachers and becoming a teacher is much more highly valued in Finland. American teachers are not as highly regarded. This is one of my biggest issues with education. I want to be a teacher but when I have some of my own family members say that I have so much more potential than to "just be a teacher" it stings. This article helped me see how other countries do address education as a strong career path and makes me want to start to help to make a change of perspective in America. 

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Finland's Educational Odyssey - The Jakarta Globe

Finland's Educational Odyssey - The Jakarta Globe | America vs Other Countries | Scoop.it
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This article starts to go into the way that Finland changed their education system to improve their countries standing. This is important and of note because America is starting to realize that we need to change something about our educational system in order to keep up with the rest of the world. If we want to keep improving we need to take a page out of Finland's book. Take parts from other educational systems that are doing well, make it unique for us, and keep improving. Don't let dead ends in education happen and always strive to get better. 

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Lessons from the Smartest Kids in the World

Lessons from the Smartest Kids in the World | America vs Other Countries | Scoop.it
Journalist Amanda Ripley examines what other developed countries are doing right in education.
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When comparing us to other countries, our education standards fall below. As mentioned in the article there are a few ways to change so that we can start moving towards a stronger system with better results. This author actually even addresses Common Core, a topic of another newspaper I did, and says how other countries did not get where they were without agreeing on common standards first. 

She makes some very good points in this article but my favorite is the point on the teachers. In America, becoming a teacher is considered easy and not for "smart" people where in other countries a teacher is a revered job. America's attitude towards teachers need to change first in order to change our education system. 

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What Finland can teach America about education

What Finland can teach America about education | America vs Other Countries | Scoop.it
Fareed speaks with journalist Amanda Ripley, author of 'The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way,' about what other countries can teach the U.S. about education. Watch the video for the full interview.
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This video and article both address the main differences that three countries around the world have in education as compared to America. Amanda Ripley traveled to these three different countries and found three different methods: "Pressure Cooker Method", "Utopia Method", and "Metamorphasis Model".

These methods are ways that America can change and get better. These three countries' test scores are consistently better than America's so they are obviously doing something right. America needs to improve to stay on par with the rest of the world and by looking at other countries we can start to address our issues. This study was very insightful to all the differences. 

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Darling-Hammond: U.S. vs highest-achieving nations in education

Darling-Hammond: U.S. vs highest-achieving nations in education | America vs Other Countries | Scoop.it
Renowed education expert Linda Darling-Hammond writes about what the United States is really doing to its public school teachers and how much this contrasts with what other countries have done to improve their education systems.
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Written in 2011, this article still has much standing in today's society of American education. It talks in great detail about how American teachers are lagging behind other countries and I couldn't agree more. Here in America, teaching is considered a "back-up career" or a career for someone with no other ambitions. It's not considered hard to become a teacher and teachers certainitly do not get the pay to back up all the work they do. This article talks about how in 2011 America held a summit to try and learn from other countries. Two years later and we still have not seen much of a growth, in my opinion, on the outlook of teachers. We need to start making the change now because our educational system and the products of it will not improve until that change is made. 

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Report: American Education Isn't Mediocre—It's Deeply Unequal

Report: American Education Isn't Mediocre—It's Deeply Unequal | America vs Other Countries | Scoop.it
Students in Massachusetts are doing great compared to their international peers, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Students in Alabama, Mississippi, and D.C., however, are languishing.
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This was a brief article that compared the statistics of a test that some states in the US took to other countries that took the test. It was an attempt to rank the different education systems to see where they all stacked up against each other. Although it is a common belief that America falls behind other countries, these examinations showed that the US is not behind just very unequal. Some states performed very well, scoring fifth in the world. Others fell to the bottom of the list making our results as a country mediocre. These prove that America's education is doing some things right, but compared to other countries, we need to become more balanced and create strong education in all states. 

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