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Let’s take a closer look at we are doing and what they are doing that is different

Let’s take a closer look at we are doing and what they are doing that is different. These are broad generalizations and need to be explored more closely. The first relates to accountability and respect. It seems the more autonomy, … Continue reading

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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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A Nation at Risk, pt 2

Note: This should answer some of the questions posed in the comment to the last post. I will add more information to suggest that education in the US is not declining compared to international assessments. A Nation at Risk was … Continue reading

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How A Nation at Risk put Education at Risk, pt 1

More and more education is largely seen as an economic concern: it is to help the individual and society compete economically and advance materially (Covaleskie, 2010). As part of this view, education is blamed when the economy is poor or … Continue reading

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Teacher Education Policies and Standards

Though some policy makers are well intentioned and informed, there are others who are not motivated by high ideals.  Nor do they understand the nature and complexities of educational reform. As a result, we have misguided and harmful policies for … 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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