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  •  My friend is teaching in Japan (none)
    Since honor is such a big thing there the 100 'random' schools that they take the scores from that they report internationally aren't really all that random.  All official data comes out 'massaged'.  The high stakes testing that occurs there irrevocably damages many students and there are a lot of suicide attempts due to the make it of break it system of getting into good high schools.  He says don't take too much stock in official numbers since they wouldn't report anything that didn't positively reflect on their students.

    Since in the US, we are less likely than most countries to segregate our lowest functioning students, we will always be in effect allowing ourselves to score lower than the countries where these students are separated out early in their academic careers.

    This is the great problem and success of ideal universal public education, that we give each student the potential to succeed to the best of his or her ability.

    America works best in spreading democracy when people over the world see something they want to emulate. Richard

    by Mlle L on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 11:35:51 AM PST

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    •  ASian model... (none)
      When I was in Korea it was the same way. Middle school kids knocking themselves out in order to score high enough on standardised tests to get into "good" High Schools, High School kids stressing themselves and their families to the point of collapse over University testing...

      And when they get to University? Three years of "parties" as my students put it. The cream that rises to the top is given a free ride in University.

      Its like the western system as seen through a warped prism.

      My wife looks at middle school texts that I bring home and finds the math and science laughably simple, yet she is amazeed that almost all our students have to pass these courses, and that teachers manage to teach and assess without the carrot and stick of standardised testing...

      Indeed, it is the creative aspect of our schools here - the fostering of critical thought and original approaches - that Korean parents thirst for. Which is why they send their kids for school in Canada and the States.


      "Strange and beautiful are the stars tonight / That dance around your head"

      by deepfish on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 02:47:58 PM PST

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