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The Global Search for Education: Teaching in a Global World

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.19.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Randi Weingarten is the President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). I talk to Randi about what we can learn from successful education models abroad, the increasing importance of teachers having robust global and cultural competence, and how the US can do a better job supporting its teachers.

Defending Liberal Education In a Technology Driven World

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

The supposed conflict between science and the humanities has been blown out of proportion. Economic growth will come not so much from cheaper computer chips but rather from "constantly reimagining how computers and other new technologies interact with human beings."

Around the World in 30 Days

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In May, I continued my conversations with thought leaders from China to New York who sketched out for me the conflicting overlaps between creativity, innovation, reform and testing, and shared their efforts to create coalescence between them.

The Global Search for Education: From Shanghai

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.21.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"In PISA 2009, we found that Chinese students don't like rote learning in math. Most teachers don't believe in rote learning and encourage students t...

Vietnam Wallops U.S. on Test Scores But Vietnamese Educators Scoff at Tests

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Diane Ravitch

As the Vietnamese deputy commissioner said, PISA measures only one dimension: test-taking skills. Whatever value the standardized tests have is overshadowed by the collateral damage they do to the quality of education and to the standardizing of young minds.

The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs - How do you balance preparation for high stakes assessments with teaching and learning in your classroom?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.27.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The use of high-stakes achievement tests around the world have created controversy among teachers, parents, students, administrators, policy maker...

The Global Search for Education: United States and Finland - Why are they so great?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.02.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"American scholars and their writings, like Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, have been influential in building the much-admired sc...

The Global Search for Education: Education and Gender

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.01.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

PISA's just-published report, The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence, gives a much-needed update on the status of gender in education today. Francesca Borgonovi (PISA Analyst) and Marilyn Achiron (Education Editor) compiled and wrote the PISA findings. To discuss the report further, I invited them to share perspectives.

The Global Search for Education: How to Improve -- From Australia

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.10.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In his paper, "Is School Reform Working?", Professor Geoff Masters explores whether or not the policy settings for Australian schools are on track to ensure future improvements in that country's decade-long decline in the PISA test. I caught up with him recently to get some answers to the questions I had.

The Global Search for Education: Education and Economy

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.20.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

What role should education play in the success of economies? How can the schools of today better represent the world of 5, 10, and 25 years from now? Will educational inequalities exacerbate economic inequalities? How can we break the chain?

Critical Thinking Is Crucial for Success

Stedman Graham | Posted 02.11.2015 | Business
Stedman Graham

Rapid advances in technology make it crucial that we not only learn new skill sets, but that we also continually assess the results and impacts of our new habits.

'The Smartest Kids in the World'

John M. Eger | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
John M. Eger

There is no either/or, no STEAM versus STEM.

The War on Teacher Tenure

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 12.31.2014 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

We need to make teachers feel respected and trusted. Articles like the recent Time Magazine cover story do just the opposite. It is an attack on the profession as a whole and thus makes all teachers defensive, which does not lead to the kind of education we want in our schools.

What Matters More Than Test Scores

Diane Ravitch | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

We should stop obsessing about test scores and start obsessing about the health and well-being of children and their families. The gains would be far more valuable than a few points on a standardized test.

A Global Model for STEM Education

Vince Bertram | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Vince Bertram

The United States has long been a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. But a 2012 report from the President's Council of Advisors on Scie...

The Global Search for Education: China -- To Follow or Not to Follow?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.26.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

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' test scores in this international exam?

Balancing Efficiency and Quality in Education

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 11.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

To some, making education more efficient is simply a matter of better budget management and improved allocation of resources. But to many others, speaking in these terms at all when talking about a child's right to learn seems inappropriate.

Everyone Admires China's Great Education System -- Except the Chinese

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

China may be a fearsome economic competitor, but it is not because their education is superb. If you don't believe me, take it from a group of Chinese college students.

Forget Money: Parents More Interested in Talking to Kids about Sex, Star Wars and Art School

Beth Kobliner | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Beth Kobliner

Not sure how to start the kids and money conversation? Here are tips on talking to kids of all ages.

U.S. School Principals Are Quicker To Label Their Students As Poor

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

American principals are more likely to say their students are poor, when compared to principals in countries where poverty rates are much higher. ...

Rebecca Klein

American Students Aren't Great With Finance Or Managing Money | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

American students’ knowledge about managing money is downright unimpressive, according to a study released Wednesday. The Organization for Econom...

Teachers are Working Longer -- They Need Help to Work Smarter Instead

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

It appears that American teachers -- well, middle school teachers, anyway -- work longer hours than their counterparts in other countries. And yet our students still don't perform all that well in comparison to those other countries. What's going on?

Why Grammar Is Important

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

In high school or college, students of Asian heritage have the reputation of making the highest grades in the class, and the average American student ...

The Global Search for Education: East vs. West -- News from Malaysia

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.23.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In a complex, diverse and economically burgeoning society, the current challenges facing the Malaysian education system are considerable.

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

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.15.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"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....