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What other countries are really doing in education

from The Washington Post (commentary)

Nov. 5, 2010 issue: As the education reform debate continues — and is fueled by educational documentaries, educational forums and manifestos — let's take a moment to look at what these countries that we are propping up on a pedestal actually do. For a while now we have been told that the United States is falling behind and that we must catch-up. As Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, "Today, there are many different approaches to strengthening the teaching profession — both here in America and in countries that are outperforming us such as Finland and Singapore. Our competitors in other parts of the world recognize that the roles of teachers are changing. Today, they are expected to prepare knowledge workers, not factory workers, and to help every child succeed, not just the [ones who are] easy to teach." more

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