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

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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.

Closing the Global STEM Gap

Anna Maria Chavez | Posted 02.03.2014 | Women
Anna Maria Chavez

By nurturing and encouraging girls' early interest in STEM and making it fun for them, we can keep them engaged, help them perform better in school and ultimately, encourage them to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Getting Our Youth Back to Work: Policy Lessons From Around the World

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 07.27.2013 | Impact
Andreas Schleicher

Without the right skills, people will languish on the margins of society, technological progress will not translate into economic growth, and countries can't compete in the global economy.

The Global Search for Education: What Will Finland Do Next?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.16.2013 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Systematic pursuit of children's wellbeing and happiness in secure environments takes precedence over measured academic achievements in Finnish schools, according to Pasi Sahlberg, author of the award-winning book, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?

The Global Search for Education: UK on Testing

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.09.2013 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Are the new performance measures proposed by Michael Gove a solution to "teaching to a test," improving standards and the overall quality of learning for all students in the UK education system?

The Global Search for Education: On US Education Problems

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education
C. M. Rubin

According to Andreas Schleicher of OECD, the United States is unique among countries in that the generation of workers entering the US workforce does not have higher college attainment levels than the generation about to leave the workforce.

What We Can Learn From Educational Reform in China

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 02.18.2013 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

Surely, no one would contend that educational results in Shanghai are representative of China as a whole, but the results do show what China can achieve if the conditions are right.

How do U.S. Students Compare with their Peers around the World?

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted 02.10.2013 | Education
Sec. Arne Duncan

If education is to fulfill its essential role in America as the great equalizer, big achievement gaps and opportunity gaps must close -- and all students must receive a world-class education that genuinely prepares them for colleges and careers in the 21st century.

Where To Find The Best Education Around The World

Posted 01.27.2013 | Education

The United States places 17th in the developed world for education, according to a global report by education firm Pearson. Finland and South Korea...

The Global Search for Education: The Education Debate 2012 -- Andy Hargreaves

C. M. Rubin | Posted 12.22.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Education should not be the privilege of a select few, but the basic civil right of every American child. We must act conclusively to narrow our domestic achievement gap and to narrow our international achievement gap so that our students will be able to compete globally in the next decade.

Hey Tom -- Competing With China Is Not the Point

Sam Chaltain | Posted 10.08.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Tom Friedman has a new column about education in which he almost makes an important point about the state of K-12 schooling in America, and what we can do to improve it.

The Global Search for Education: More From Singapore

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

How do teachers motivate students in the Singapore school system? How do they level the playing field between rich and poor students? How do they handle behavioral problems? Are they obsessed with testing?