10 Education Lessons the U.S. Can Learn From Other Countries

In my opinion, it would be inappropriate to conduct any large scale change in higher education without analyzing and changing K-12. We have all heard stories how the U.S. is falling behind in worldwide K-12 ranking. The following gallery presents some positive lessons from countries around the world that should be taken into consideration. Personally, I liked the early foreign language education from South Korea and more preparation time from Finland.

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4 thoughts on “10 Education Lessons the U.S. Can Learn From Other Countries

  1. This was really cool. I personally like the China one where the stronger schools help the weaker ones. I wonder if there could be some way to have the students from the stronger schools help the students from the weaker ones. I feel like peer to peer education can be really beneficial. I agree with you on the Finland one as well. Thanks for sharing. Hopefully we can learn something from these other countries.

  2. I thought Hong Kong’s parental and community involvement in children’s education was a fascinating experience. We all need to realize that education is not only school’s and teachers’ responsibility. It is also not mainly about higher expenditures on schools, if the rest doesn’t keep up. DC has the highest per capita expenditures in schools, but among the lowest test scores in the nation. While test scores are not the best indicators of the quality of education, the argument can be made that schools don’t need more funding, they still underperform. Bottom line – parents and communities need to get involved. Also, Canada’s example of capping the class sizes will definitely benefit the schools here as well, and this cap needs to be reasonable. My son had 22 kids in 3rd grade here, and kids would learn at different pace: while some were done, others were just starting. The teacher could not keep all kids engaged and interested, eventually she just would lower the bar so nobody would fail. This is not education, it’s schooling, I think it was Mark Twain who was smart to distinguish between the two.

  3. These days USA a global sample of high-level higher education and a lot of countries across the world copy rules and paradigms from academic institutions in USA. I believe more exchange between educational systems (like USA and Europe or some of the countries in Asia) can help us to build a better educational system. “Copy” and “Paste” of educational paradigms is not a good approach. Thanks or sharing this interesting item.

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