In the private sector, where firms are disciplined by market competition, it is usually assumed that resources are used effectively because firms would otherwise fail to profit. Inefficiency leads to higher costs and higher prices—practically an invitation to competitors to lure away customers. But the relative lack of competition in the K education sector tends to dull the incentives to improve quality and restrain costs.
Rated Average The United States places 17th in the developed world for education, according to a global report by education firm Pearson. Finland and South Korea, not surprisingly, top the list of 40 developed countries with the best education systems.
Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore follow. The rankings are calculated based on various measures, including international test scores, graduation rates between andand the prevalence of higher education seekers. See the list of top 20 countries in the slideshow below Pearson's chief education adviser Sir Michael Barber tells BBC that the high ranking countries tend to offer teachers higher status in society and have a "culture" of education.
The study notes that while funding is an important factor in strong education systems, cultures supportive of learning is even more critical -- as evidenced by the highly ranked Asian countries, where education is highly valued and parents have grand expectation. While Finland and South Korea differ greatly in methods of teaching and learning, they hold the top spots because of a shared social belief in the importance of education and its "underlying moral purpose.
The research draws on literacy data as well as figures in government spending on education, school entrance age, teacher salaries and degree of school choice.
Researchers also measured socioeconomic outcomes like national unemployment rates, GDP, life expectancy and prison population. The report also notes the importance of high-quality teachers and improving strong educator recruitment.
The rankings show, however, that there is no clear correlation between higher pay and better performance. The bottom line findings: There are no magic bullets: The small number of correlations found in the study shows the poverty of simplistic solutions.
Throwing money at education by itself rarely produces results, and individual changes to education systems, however sensible, rarely do much on their own.
Education requires long-term, coherent and focussed system-wide attention to achieve improvement. Good teachers are essential to high-quality education. Finding and retaining them is not necessarily a question of high pay.
Instead, teachers need to be treated as the valuable professionals they are, not as technicians in a huge, educational machine. Culture can be changed: The cultural assumptions and values surrounding an education system do more to support or undermine it than the system can do on its own.
Using the positive elements of this culture and, where necessary, seeking to change the negative ones, are important to promoting successful outcomes.
Parents are neither impediments to nor saviours of education: Parents want their children to have a good education; pressure from them for change should not be seen as a sign of hostility but as an indication of something possibly amiss in provision. On the other hand, parental input and choice do not constitute a panacea.
Education systems should strive to keep parents informed and work with them.
Educate for the future, not just the present: Many of today's job titles, and the skills needed to fill them, simply did not exist 20 years ago. Education systems need to consider what skills today's students will need in future and teach accordingly.
To be sure, South Korea's top spot doesn't come without a price. Stories of families divided in the name of education are all too commonto the extent that the phenomenon has bequeathes those families with a title of their own -- kirogi kajok, or goose families, because they must migrate to reunite.
But America's average ranking doesn't come as a surprise. A report recently published by Harvard University's Program on Education Policy and Governance found that students in Latvia, Chile and Brazil are making gains in academics three times faster than American students, while those in Portugal, Hong Kong, Germany, Poland, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Colombia and Lithuania are improving at twice the rate.
Researchers estimate that gains made by students in those 11 countries equate to about two years of learning.
Researchers looked at data for 49 countries. The study's findings echo years of rankings that show foreign students outpacing their American peers academically.
Students in Shanghai who recently took international exams for the first time outscored every other school system in the world.
In the same test, American students ranked 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading. A study found that U. Figures like these have groups like StudentsFirst, headed by former D.
That proportion is lower than those achieved by students in 30 other countries. American students' low performance and slow progress in math could also threaten the country's economic growthexperts have said.United States has had the highest education enrolment by level > tertiary level since 5 In the US, all children have access to public education until they complete high school.
This study deals with five main institutional features of a nation’s educational system: 1) centralized exams; 2) the distribution of decision-making power between schools and their governing bodies; 3) the level of influence that teachers and teacher unions have on school policy; 4) the distribution of decision-making power among levels of government, from local to national; and 5) the extent of competition .
Understanding the American Education System. Updated: August 08, The American education system offers a rich field of choices for international students.
There is such an array of schools, programs and locations that the choices may overwhelm students, even those from the U.S. Graduate Education in the United States ; Services to. If you have a child in school in the developed world, there's only one place you can get comprehensive data on how their education is different to that in other OECD countries.
In Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece, the comparison is discussed, " This system was radically different from just about anything we citizens of the twenty-first century know as a democracy. Even the few examples of direct democracy that have survived to be studied by modern scholars are comparable with the Athenian model in only elementary ways" (Raaflaub, Ober, and Wallace, 11).
Jul 11, · In recently released rankings of how states' primary education systems are preparing students for careers in engineering, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Jersey top the list.