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

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.26.2014 | 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 09.18.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 09.07.2014 | 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....

We Have to Get Serious About Creativity and Problem Solving

Vince Bertram | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Vince Bertram

We must invest all the resources and energy we can into creating an educational culture that values not only excellence in math and science, but excellence in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Global Search for Education: What did you learn at Oppi?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"I am more hopeful now than before Oppi to accomplish the vision of the school of the future where "minimal invasive education" is a leading principl...

American Teachers Feel Really Stressed, And It's Probably Affecting Students

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

American teachers feel stressed out and insignificant, and it may be impacting students’ educations. Gallup’s State Of America’s Schools Rep...

The Global Search for Education: What Germany Did

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Germany's poor performance in the 2000 PISA test surprised and concerned the relevant stakeholders in that country. By 2012, scores in mathematics, reading and science were above the OECD average.

New Challenges for the Teaching Profession

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 04.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Real improvement can only come when we address the big picture: It's not only a matter of improving teacher training, but also of attracting more innovation into the sector, through the engagement of new players and new providers.

The Global Search for Education - What Poland Did

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.28.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The crucial difference between Poland and many other countries is that we focus on providing the same comprehensive curriculum to students until the...

Peter S. Goodman

Some Nations Prove They're Actually Not Failing Their Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 01.24.2014 | World

Like children headed home with their report cards, the nations of the globe recently received grades on the educational achievement of their students ...

How Will US Policymakers Respond to Our Falling PISA Test Scores?

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

Hysteria. That is what I predict will be happening in education circles next year. 2014 may turn out to be frightening for education in America: We w...

Are Current School Reforms Imperiling Long-Term Gains?

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jack Jennings

A blizzard of education reports and studies appears every year. This swirl of information, analysis, and commentary -- some of which is contradictory -- makes it difficult to understand the condition of America's public schools. In short, are the schools getting better or worse?

Deconstructing PISA: Implications for Education Reform and Fighting Poverty

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.16.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Public investments in schools vary greatly across states, as do other policies that may boost or depress scores. This year, three states received individual PISA rankings -- as if they were independent countries. This can help us connect the dots between those disparities and scores.

Education Isn't Broken, Our Country Is

Steve Nelson | Posted 02.12.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

If we don't fix education -- politicians and pundits proclaim -- we are in for big trouble. News flash: We're already in big trouble. We don't have an education problem in America. We have a social disease.

A New Majority for Our Schools, Our Solutions

Randi Weingarten | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

What if, instead of using international rankings to bash our students, schools and teachers, we learned from top-performing countries and applied their lessons for the benefit of all children?

11 Foreign Education Policies That Could Transform American Schools

The Huffington Post | Renee Jacques | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

We learned the results of the latest PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) last week, and American students performed the same on the we...

PISA Results: A Chicken Little Moment?

Arthur Camins | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

"These kinds of studies [PISA analyses] are really good at describing where we stand and maybe looking at trends. They're not good at all at telling us why."

Connecting Students to the Workforce in Washington, D.C.

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 02.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Part of the problem in D.C., and nationwide, is the stigma that comes from not pursuing a traditional, college-oriented high school diploma. Our obsession with four-year colleges is certainly one of the reasons why disconnected youth see dropping out as their only other option.