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International Education Rankings

Finding a Common Purpose in Education

Simon Boehme | Posted 02.17.2014 | Education
Simon Boehme

Since public education was first introduced to the United States, it has been mired in conflict. Over the years, this conflict transformed into unions against school administrations, the public against teachers, and Democrats against Republicans.

Education Reform: Not Complicated -- but Seriously Difficult

David M. Steiner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
David M. Steiner

Given the highly favorable reviews and rave blurbs from such diverse figures as Joel Klein and Randi Weingarten, one might expect Amanda Ripley's new book on international educational practices, The Smartest Kids in the World, to offer arresting revelations about how to improve America's education system.

Grappling With the Question: Why Isn't America Number 1?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

Some bad news makes you question whether we, as a nation, have the smarts, the wherewithal, the old-fashioned grit to solve our problems. For example: while the rest of the world's kids seem to be getting smarter, our kids don't. But why?

'We're Number Umpteenth!': Debunking the Persistent Myth of Lagging U.S. Schools

Alfie Kohn | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Alfie Kohn

Beliefs that are debatable or even patently false may be repeated so often that at some point they come to be accepted as fact. We seem to have crossed that threshold with the claim that U.S. schools are significantly worse than those in most other countries.

Wealth of Intelligence Can Lead to the Wealth of a Nation

Ronnie Cameron | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Ronnie Cameron

We need to refocus our attention on school and its importance. We have to create a culture where education is of utmost significance and that it is the key to economic freedom and success in this country.

Teacher Evaluations: Putting a Nanny Cam in Each Classroom

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education
Blake Fleetwood

Teachers, like other professionals, don't want to be evaluated. Here's a technological solution: put a nanny cam in every classroom. And not just to trap them doing something wrong.

U.S. Students Lag, Struggle More Than Foreign Peers To Surpass Parents

Posted 09.11.2012 | Education

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2012 Education at a Glance report has found that while the U.S. boasts high education at...

Lack of Respect for Teaching to Blame for Mediocre US Education Results

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 09.17.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Our country is guilty of becoming increasingly apathetic about education. As a rule, teachers are grossly undervalued; their significance is continually diminished and their contributions go highly underrated.

How The Best School Systems Invest In Teachers

Anthony Jackson | Posted 06.07.2011 | Education
Anthony Jackson

The highest-performing school systems in the world are mostly in Asia. What are the Asian school systems doing right? And what can the United States learn? The answer is clear: invest in teachers.

Waking Up to the Need for Education Reform

Amb. Karen Kornbluh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Amb. Karen Kornbluh

Today's Sputnik challenge isn't one that scientists can address in a laboratory; parents, teachers, principals and community leaders all need information so they can do their part.

Lucia Graves

House Education Chair: U.S. School System Is 'Failing Our Country'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. students ranked "average" in an international education assessment released on Tuesday, but House Education and Labor Chairman Geor...

U.S. Falls In World Education Rankings, Rated 'Average'

Posted 10.01.2012 | Education

Ed. Clarification: HuffPost Education originally reported that the United States was ranked 14th by the OECD. That figure is the nation's ranking in r...