Should U.S. Panic Over Latest International Creative Problem Solving Test Scores?

The gap in problem solving test scores between U.S. and Asian countries reflects the reality that the way students operate in school often has little to do with how they operate in real life.  U.S. educators may be surprised to see that students in Asian countries scored significantly higher on creative problem-solving tests than American […]

The Impact of Demographics on 21st Century Education

This article was originally published in Society (May/June 2013, Vol. 50, Issue 3). The final publication is available at link.springer.com The National Academy of Sciences’ (2007) report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm, called for more scientific and technical innovation to maintain America’s economic growth and vitality. Countless other reports over the past few decades have all […]

A Socially-Conscious Orientation in Education

No matter our ideology, education will always be closely linked with a nation’s economy. We saw a ramping up of science and math education during the Sputnik era in the 1950s-1960s, another call for rigorous standards when fears emerged about international competition from Japan (and Germany) in the 1980s. Of course, the past decade has […]

Finally Getting School Reform Right

The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) has presented a new paper that appears to understand what is needed to improve American education, titled Standing on the Shoulder of Giants: An American Agenda for Education Reform. Notably, its recommendations are free of solutions that characterize much of current debates such as charter schools, […]

China’s Entrance Exam System: Time for a Change?

China’s emphasis on the all-important gaokao (college entrance exams) unintentionally creates three roadblocks toward premier status: 1) it sustains an anachronistic culture of rote learning in a modern era; and 2) it creates a social and economic divide; and 3) it sustains a thriving industry of fraud that jeopardizes China’s legitimate power.

Confronting the Blame Mentality

Michael Bloomberg questioned critics who blamed China’s “policy” of subsidizing clean energy exports to the U.S. while restricting imports . He contended that Americans need to examine itself and more importantly, bring back the work ethic that it once had and that characterizes many first generation immigrants to turn around the current decline. The current scapegoating of China only magnifies the ignorance of a popular segment of American society.

More Evidence of American Decline?

While China and India are moving assertively towards global superpower status, the U.S., with its feckless partisan bickering, seems to be mired in political and economic stagnation. Other governments are showing a sense of urgency by investing in their respective countries’ futures.

Creating A Culture of Education (Part 3): Does the American Culture Support or Undermine Public Education?

Part 1 of this 5-part series addressed the importance of four interdependent components in building a culture of education in the United States: School; Parents/Family; Government; and Community. Last time, Part 2 asked why there is so little discussion of parent accountability in education reform. Part 3 goes into the third aspect, community and culture. […]