Forget what you've heard. The truth is more complicated--and more hopeful--than you think.
In a handful of statehouses and universities across the country, a few farsighted Americans are finally pursuing what the world’s smartest countries have found to be the most efficient education reform ever tried.
Income predicts college completion rates, yes. But so do stories.
If you were an alien tasked with understanding the educational mediocrity of planet Earth’s wealthiest economy, this would have been the perfect week for a reconnaissance mission to America.
Wherever I go, from Santiago to Seoul, I am always comforted to hear one consistently positive thing said about Americans: we may not be the wisest or the thinnest people on the planet, but we can think outside of the box! The world will give us that...
How does the new SAT compare to the university entrance exam in a place like South Korea?
It’s odd, isn’t it? Given all our angst about education, you’d think we would be more interested in the opinions of the people who know it best.
When Elina came to America from Finland at age 16, all she knew about American high schools she’d learned from movies. She thought every street would look like Rodeo Drive, and every Friday would be like prom night.
In 2000, Polish 15-year-olds scored below average for the developed world (and below American teens) on an international test of critical thinking. Twelve years later, they ranked at the top of the world--up there with Finland and Canada, and well above the U.S.
What happened in Poland? How did a big country with a high rate of child poverty evolve from a communist backwater into an education powerhouse?