Category Archives: International Comparative

Photo Essay: Chinese School is Lesson for US Policymakers

The Chinese are serious about vocational (aka career and technical education). The United States is not. Vocational education in the United States has a long history of being used as holding bin for African American students by purposefully providing inferior education relative to traditional academic and college preparatory education. Here is a quick background on the rise of vocational education

Read more

At Shanker: Are Americans (and Texans) as Stupid as the Media Tells Us We Are?

The media onslaught letting Americans know that they are dunces has gone on for decades. How stupid are we? You might be surprised that the news about our public education system in the United States is not actually as bad as you have been led to believe… Last week I travelled to Washington D.C. to participate in the Reclaiming the Promise of

Read more

Billionaires co-opt minority groups into campaign for education reform

Under the mantra of civil rights, billionaires such as Eli Broad, Bill Gates and the Koch Brothers and the powerful corporate-funded lobby group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are using venture philanthropy and the political process to press for school reforms in the United States. The ongoing Vergara law case in California in which nine students are suing the state over teacher tenure

Read more

Who’s Smarter Than Texans?: Math and Science Test Scores Compared to the World and Nation

Are U.S. students really as horrible in math and science as the media would have us to believe? How do “reform” oriented states like Texas, Florida and Louisiana stack up against other nations across the world? Other U.S. states? While perfect apples to apples comparisons between U.S. states and international education data do not exist, we can use existing data

Read more
Recent Entries »