Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Searching for Lessons on Education at Schools Around the Globe

September 24, 2013 by egraham  
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What makes for educational success for kids around the world — and how can we apply that in the U.S.? Jeffrey Brown speaks with Amanda Ripley, author of “The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way,” on her conclusions after studying the diverse academic environments of Poland, Finland and South Korea. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Global Education Effort Gets Boost From Senator

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By Tim Walker The campaign for universal education got a big boost last week when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Education For All Act of 2010. The legislation would assist developing countries in strengthening education systems, facilitate U.S. support of a Global Fund for Education, and promote universal education as a core development priority [...]

A Global Take on Reform at Ontario’s Building Blocks for Education Summit

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By Tim Walker Listening to education experts and policymakers at an international education summit in Toronto this week, NEA Executive Committee member Princess Moss knew that she was hearing innovative ideas to meet the challenges facing the world’s classrooms. “It was exciting to learn about the approaches being taken in Finland and Singapore, especially,” Moss [...]