As cultural comparisons among educational systems have taken center stage in the media and educational research, a fundamental question can be asked: What distinguishes quality educational systems across the world? This post looks at the similarities and differences in the beliefs and practices of national award-winning teachers in the United States and China.
Two words seem to resonate across the country as dirty words: "competition" and "global." Heather Singmaster keeps hearing that the message must focus on cooperation instead of competition and that global is perceived as a dirty word in many communities. But is she really swearing like a sailor?
Kevin Rudd, senior fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School and former prime minister of Australia, on the danger of mutual misperceptions between powers such as China and the United States. Rudd cautioned against five commonly held myths about China, including the difficulty of learning Chinese.
Many students entering U.S. schools with the ability to speak a langauge other than English, are told that this is not an asset. Michele Anciaux Aoki explains how this is no longer the case in Washington state.
Participating in an online, global writing community not only helps all students improve their written work but also enables them to collaborate on a global scale. Students exchange ideas, cultural perspectives, and learn to communicate with peers from around the world. These are the 21st century skills in action.
How one North Carolina school nurtured a partnership with a school in China that eventually allowed 100 American educators to travel to China.
How one North Carolina school established a partnership with a school in China--and advice for others looking to do the same.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan shares his report from the 4th International Summit on the Teaching Profession.
The theme of this year's International Summit on the Teaching Profession was "Excellence, Equity, and Inclusiveness" and addressed some high-priority questions for the participating countries including how can high-quality teachers be attracted to schools with the greatest needs? And what are the levers for improving equity in increasingly devolved education systems?
Teaching about religion is essential to the creation of respectful learning environments that adequately prepare students for an increasingly diverse and connected world.