Why you should care
Buckle up. We’re taking you to classrooms around the world to determine who’s winning the global education race.
OZY takes a look at some countries that are leading, catching up and falling behind in the global education race. Perhaps the United States can learn a thing or three.
Poland has taken a huge leap in the quality of its education, from a poorly constructed Soviet educational system to one of the best teaching countries in the world. Implementing policies like a streamlined vocational training program and a focus on language classes has propelled Poland from the bottom of education charts to a position well ahead of the United States; all the while, it’s spent far less. What could the U.S. learn from Poland? That maybe throwing money at the problem isn’t the answer after all. Read the story here.
While China has become a front-runner on exams like the PISA, in the later stages of education there is a surprising, countervailing pattern. At the highest levels of academic and scientific achievement, Chinese students who excelled in the early stages struggle to have any impact at all. American-educated students, however, produce high volumes of important innovative research and scholarship with unparalleled consistency and profundity. The real “Shanghai Secret” is that students are doing well in early testing phases but falling behind, and staying behind. Read the story here.
India has more than 400 million school- and college-age citizens, more than any country. Yet its educational system has failed its people, and the government simply has not taken steps to redress the issue. Teacher absenteeism is 25 percent in government schools, even though teachers often receive the highest salary in an Indian village. The deficiency of public schools has created the largest private school system in the world, with some private schools costing less than $100 per year and producing outcomes far better than those of public schools. How can India get out of this mess without money and develop an improved educational system? The answer lies in implementing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s own mantra of “more governance, less government.” Read the story here.