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Comparing US and Finnish Education

The result of the latest PISA ranked Shanghai-China, Hong Kong-China, Finland, Singapore and South Korea as the top scorers. Among the nations in the original 12 tested in 1964, Finland was ranked fourth, but in 2009, it was ranked first … Continue reading

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US and International Comparisons

The United States has led the world in educational attainment since the mid-nineteenth century, first with universal compulsory elementary education, then with secondary education and finally with the finest university system in the world. Somewhere in the latter part of … Continue reading

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How do we honestly, fairly and helpfully evaluate teacher candidates and their programs?

Teacher education should be evaluated, but how do we honestly, fairly and helpfully determine if they are performing their responsibilities to an acceptable degree. Evaluation of teacher programs is a normative and relative activity: their quality depends on the circle … Continue reading

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International Comparisons to American Education

As the world shrinks and becomes much more interconnected, it is only natural that nations would compare their educational programs and successes with one another. Learning from others is and excellent way to discover new ways of improving. If someone … Continue reading

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