Lessons From Abroad

In Dutch schools, more time in school and more educator control

UTRECHT, The Netherlands — Last summer, when the Dutch government debated mandating that all schools provide three hours of physical education a week to students, Jasper Bunt, principal at a…

What U.S. schools can learn from Poland

Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. (kids.eb.com) By any measure, Poland has made remarkable education progress since the fall of the Berlin Wall. On the most recent…

How is Australia beating the U.S. at graduating first-generation, low-income college students?

PARRAMATTA, Australia — Students in polos and plaids streamed into the auditorium at the University of Western Sydney as Lorde’s “Royals” blasted on repeat. While she sang about having “no…

Australian students in their final year of high school take a break during a conference about what to do after graduation. The country is trying to boost its high school completion rates to 90 percent.

Skip school and lose welfare? The good and bad of Australia’s tough tactics on truancy

What if the punishment for skipping school was a loss in welfare benefits for your family? It’s a strategy that some politicians are considering in the U.S. – plans have…

Can the U.S. learn from Australia’s high bar for new teachers?

A major ongoing fight in the U.S. is how to make the teaching profession less a clock-in, clock-out job and more like the high-paid, high-demand career of a lawyer or…

Lessons from abroad: If Republicans controlled U.S. education policy? Australia offers a sneak peek

What would happen if conservative ideas for improving education were given free reign in the United States? If Republicans take over the Senate and then the White House, a possibility,…

Which winning ideas could the U.S. steal from Singapore?

Singapore has one of the best education systems in the world, according to international assessments. President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talk about its performance. United Federation…

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Lessons from Abroad: Singapore’s secrets to training world-class teachers

Singapore has been a hot topic in education circles ever since it began to appear near the top of the pack of international assessments in math and science in the…

Rest in peace, Mandela; much work remains to be done

As we collectively give thanks for Nelson Mandela’s time with us, we pay a debt of gratitude by teaching his eternal lessons of togetherness among the living. As we mourn,…

Top US students fare poorly in international PISA test scores, Shanghai tops the world, Finland slips

NCES Commissioner Jack Buckley’s Briefing Slide on PISA results Conventional wisdom is that top U.S. students fare well compared to their peers across the globe. According to…

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