How Do We Catch Up With the Rest of the World?

Over the past six years, the United States educational system has been trying to catch up with the rest of the world by beefing up its standards in reading, math, and science.  The concerns we have in these areas of concentration is that countries in Southeast Asia are performing at a much higher level than our own students.  This makes me curious to know a couple of things.  One, what are schools in Southeast Asia doing that schools here in the United States are not doing to end up with students performing at such high levels?  Second, is it the system that is more of the system’s fault, or do we just found ourselves in a cultural setting that hinders us from achieving high performance in this subjects?

Some of it may have to do with the fact that China has the highest population in the world, roughly 1.3 billion people and growing, and that getting into school in the K-12 area is like trying to get into medical school in this country.  There is a lot more responsibility placed on students to perform well and work hard to achieve sucess in their school system.   This pushes the parents and children to work hard to succeed and the end result is brighter students who perform at higher levels.  Pressure to succeed is much higher in China.  Becoming bilingual in English and receiving a Bachelors degree increases a person’s value and allows them access to better opportunities.

Now I know for a fact that the best education system in the world according to the Shift Happens video is England’s, but if Asia is producing the best students you can’t help but wonder why.  Maybe we should look at both England and Asia’s educational systems and try to adopt some of their practices.


One Response to “How Do We Catch Up With the Rest of the World?”

  1. I think part of the reason why other countries have higher success than the US is our culture has lost sight of where hard work will take you. I have forgotten the statistics, but we live in a world where more people have become instant millionares thanks to the Internet. Our society has become so caught up in drugs, crime, and other twisted ways of life that for a lot of youngsters school is the least important thing on their mind.

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