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Wtf Asia? Education or parenting?

Posted by on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:24 PM
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The OECD is out with new global rankings of how students in various countries do in reading, science, and math. Here are the top countries,

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The Center on International Education Benchmarking has a list of the top 10 performing countries and these same Asian continents are listed. 

AustraliaAustralia is pioneering a national curriculum and national assessments developed in a collaboration of the states and the federal government.Find out how Australia is achieving nation-wide consistency and success under this system.

CanadaCanada, due to a wide series of reforms in the past two decades, has emerged as a educational leader in international assessment rankings.Learn more about how increased teacher autonomy and targeted policy directives changed the way Canadian students learn.

Shanghai-ChinaShanghai-China’s students topped the international rankings their first time out of the gate. Discover how this education-driven city taught its students to be so successful.

FinlandFinland’s education system is widely acknowledged as one of the best in the world. Click here to see how world-class teacher training drives success in this Nordic country.

Hong KongHong Kong, driven by a diverse population with ever-changing needs, has refocused its education system to mesh with its international economic goals. Explore the policies that pushed them to the top.

JapanJapan’s students work harder and learn more than students in almost any other country. Discover how Japan has relieved student pressure without decreasing student performance.

South KoreaSouth Korea’s education system underwent a series of rapid changes in the second half of the 20th century resulting in a comprehensive school system and a 70% increase in adult literacy. Find out what this world leader is doing now.

NetherlandsThe Netherlands provides multiple educational pathways in vocational and general education to ensure that its graduates can meet workforce needs. Learn more here.

New ZealandNew Zealand is a leader in early childhood support and has a robust national qualifications system for secondary education and beyond.Read more about their programs and initiatives.

SingaporeSingapore, a tiny island nation, built a world-class national education system from scratch. Explore how their Ministry of Education is promoting 21st-century education for all.

How embarrassing. How is this possible when the US holds 51 of the top rated 100 universities in the world? 

Do we even blame the education system or does this fall back on the parents for not pushing children more outside of school? Is it just natural intelligence? For the countries behind the Asian countries (Ahem, ALL of us) what do you blame for us being behind? Doesn't matter how much thought you've put into it or if you think your answer is right. Just for you personally, what do you think? 

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by Sue daNim on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Yikes! Am I reading that right? The US is below average in everything?

by *Claire-Bear* on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM
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The US does not value education like Asian countries do....Many parents don't invest in their children's futures when it comes to academia these days and there is only so much a professional can do in a classroom that is overcrowded. When a 2nd grade classroom has almost 40 students in it, there is a problem. 


" I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13 

by Kristina on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:34 PM
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Our country doesn't care about education otherwise a college degree would be free like a primary education.
by Don't Blink on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:34 PM
A lot of parents don't value education. I know cm doesn't represent the whole population, but a lot of women have expressed they don't value education. Complain about stuff kids have to learn and so on. And the "wussification" of America.
by Ruby Member on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:37 PM
I have to say, as an Australian who has kids ranging from age 20-6, I really have seen an improvement in public education here in the past decade, especially since the implementation of a national curriculum.

That said, our past few governments have really put a decent amount of money inro public education, money makes things happen.
by on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:38 PM

There's a few different factors.

1) Parenting is different in most Asian countries. 

2) Expectations in regards to children and their education is different. In most Asian countries those who can afford to have their children educated really push/emphasize the importance of that education. That education will make the difference between a poor/struggling/no hope of change in life, and a life where they actually are able to make money/support themselves/advance in the world. That's very different attitude than many in the States. Everyone here can get educated if they wish. That's not true in most other countries. A person can still get an ok job, support themselves and even advance in the US without an education. It is hard, and opportunities are harder to come by but it can be done. That's not the case in most other countries.

3) Education isn't just open for everyone at the same level in most Asian countries like it is here. Where every child is entitled to a basic education in the US. That's not the case in most other countries. In many Asian countries schools are divided up once kids reach high school. There is the college/academic track that has specific schools, and there is the vocational track and specific schools for those kids. Not the case in the US, all our kids in the public education system are put through the same system. And it doesn't work for all.

4) Since all our kids are entitled to the same education (public schools), that means ALL children are measured together. Regardless of disabilities or abilities. In most other countries, especially Asian countries, kids are still separated and treated differently. Those that are capable, have abilities to exceed and succeed are set apart and educated differently than those that don't make the grade. They get to pick and choose who gets tested and who doesn't, who gets the best education and who doesn't. It doesn't work that way in the states.

5)  Academic success in most of those countries leads to career/life success. This is majorily important in most Asian countries because a child's achievements are the parents achievements. A child's success is the parents success. At the same time, a child's failures is viewed as the parent's failure. Also there is more emphasis on success because in most Asian countries children support (financially) their parents when they age. That's not the case here. So parents really depend on having successful children. So that they are cared for in their old age.

by Ruby Member on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:39 PM

I place the way vast majority of blame on parents, with most of what's left on the incompetent lawmakers who have ruined the world's best education system. A teeny tiny percentage of the blame can be shared among the small minority of teachers who are no good, or who don't care about their students.

Seriously - the US education system was the best in the early half of the 20th century. The federal Dept of Ed was establish under Johnson in 1965 and looking at the international scores since then shows a drastic downward slide. Nationalizing the education system without bothering to make sure that the people making the rules had an inkling of how a classroom works or a student is assessed turned the American education system into the lowest common denominator. Bright students are held down because it makes other kids feel bad, and only the most shining stars escape the drag (or the kids wealthy or lucky enough for public charter or good private schools).

by Anonymous 1 on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:39 PM
IMO our leaders don't value education. When ever there needs to be budget cuts they cut the hell out of education. Teachers are paid horrible and have to come out of pocket for most supplies. School should have the top technology available to the students. Our schools ask kids to bring laptops and their smart phones to use in class because there is no where enough
by Jasmyne on Jul. 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM
The US has a crappy education system.

And I wouldn't say Asia's is that great either. It has more to do with the collective society they have. If you fail, it effects your whole family and community.
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