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Take a Stand for Teachers: World Teachers’ Day 2012

October 9, 2012 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, International Education, Top Stories

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By Tim Walker On Friday, teachers all over the world celebrated World Teachers’ Day. The slogan for 2012 was ‘Take a stand for teachers!’ – for adequate training, funding, ongoing professional development, and protection of teachers’ rights. World Teachers’ Day is held annually on October 5th to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing [...]

Is the U.S. Falling Behind in Higher Education?

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By Mary Ellen Flannery The United States, once the global leader in the production of a most singular resource—its talent pool of college graduates—is losing ground to emerging nations like South Korea and China. The recent, “Education at a Glance,” an annual report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), found that about [...]

U.S. Competitors Agree: To Beat the Recession, Spend More On Schools

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By Alain Jehlen In America, school funding cuts are the order of the day from coast to coast and north to south. But most of our competitors around the world have embarked on a different road to economic recovery. Investing in education is what’s going to pull them out of the quagmire and move them [...]

Global Education Leaders: Nations Must Elevate the Teaching Profession

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By Tim Walker and Rebeca Logan At the International Summit on the Teaching Profession, which concluded late Thursday afternoon, participants strongly agreed that elevating the professional status of teachers was critical for improved, sustainable student achievement. The summit, co-hosted by the National Education Association (NEA), marked the first time education ministers, teachers and union leaders from [...]

International Summit Puts Best Reform Ideas on the Table

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By Tim Walker High-performing countries have strong unions. They also support teachers and engage them in the reform process. Many right-wing politicians in the United States may want to ignore these facts, but in Finland, Canada, Singapore, and other nations, collaboration with teacher unions has been a keystone in their successful efforts to improve student achievement [...]

The Economics Behind International Education Rankings

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By Cynthia McCabe This week’s release of international education rankings placing U.S. students in the middle of the pack for reading and science and below average in math contained few surprises. But what might have been overlooked in the horse race coverage of how the students stacked up is an economic link that further supports [...]

PISA 2009: U.S. Students in the Middle of the Pack

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by Tim Walker The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the results of the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) on Tuesday morning, showing that U.S. students are ranked average in reading and science, and below average in math. Among the 34 OECD countries, the United States ranks 14th in reading, 17th [...]

Global Activists Continue Campaign for Financial Transaction Tax

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by Tim Walker With Congress on the verge of approving a new round of tax cuts and unemployment still unacceptably high, the political climate isn’t exactly ideal to talk about higher taxes. Painful spending cuts were the centerpiece of the Bowles-Simpson Deficit Commission report unveiled last week. Outside the United States, many governments are favoring [...]

How Finland Reached the Top of the Educational Rankings

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By Alain Jehlen Many people these days are pointing to Finland as the world’s top success story in student achievement. So what’s their secret? In the latest issue of NEA Today magazine, we feature an excerpt from a book by Stanford University scholar Linda Darling-Hammond that tells the Finnish story. Basically, Darling-Hammond explains, Finland did [...]

World Teachers’ Day Celebration Begins

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By Tim Walker Recovery begins with teachers – that’s the message millions of educators, students, and parents across the globe will be celebrating today on World Teachers Day. Held annually on October 5 since 1994, World Teachers Day is an occasion to honor the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels. [...]

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