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The $4 Million Teacher

Kim Ki-hoon earns $4 million a year in South Korea, where he is known as a rock-star teacher—a combination of words not typically heard in the rest of the world.

4th Aug 2013 in Education

Surviving a Plane Crash

Planes almost never crash. When they do, most passengers survive. In this way, at least, the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was no exception. 

7th Jul 2013 in Disaster Behavior

Tracking Around the World

Grouping kids by ability is back, according to the New York Times. So why are other countries headed in the opposite direction?

10th Jun 2013 in Education

A Boy Survivor

I’ve been reading Richard Ford’s novel Canada, told from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy whose parents—unexpectedly, disastrously—rob a bank.

6th May 2013 in General

American Exceptionalism

Marc Tucker explains why Americans are so burnt-out on tests that they might cannibalize the Common Core—the best thing to happen in American education in a long while.

29th Apr 2013 in Education

Testing America’s Patience

American students, teachers and parents are sick of tests and rightly so. Now some are taking their rage out on the Common Core...

29th Apr 2013 in Education

Reality Check: China

Sometimes when I tell Americans I am working on a book about the smartest countries in the world, they assume I mean China. I don’t.

8th Apr 2013 in Education

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