ERIC Number: ED392536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Lessons from Abroad: How Other Countries Educate Their Children.
McAdams, Richard P.
On most international comparisons of educational achievement, United States' schools fare poorly. A closer look at how several foreign countries educate their children, as well as the political process for setting educational policies, suggests a multitude of initiatives that could be profitably adapted to the American educational system. A survey of foreign schools also permits an objectivity in examining the relationship between a nation's culture and its schools that is difficult to obtain when examining only U.S. schools. This book provides a cross cultural analysis of U.S. and foreign schools, based on the perspectives of teachers in a foreign teaching corps that came to America as Fulbright exchange students. Chapters in the book are: (1) "Schooling Across Cultures"; (2)"The American Educational System"; (3) "Denmark--Education in a Welfare State"; (4) "Germany--A Tradition of Quality"; (5) "England--A Nation Reforms Its Schools"; (6) "Canada--Our Cultural Cousins"; (7) "Japan--A Culture Shapes its Schools"; (8) "Comparing Schools in Six Cultures"; (9) "Cultural and Societal Influences on the Schools"; and (10) "Lessons for America's Schools." Each of the chapters includes references. Among the observations made of U.S. schools by the Fulbright exchange teachers are the following: (1) American teachers worked a longer day than foreign teachers, much of it at menial duties; (2) American parents have a greater say in their children's education than foreign parents, and are chiefly responsible for grade inflation in American schools; (3) the American concept of local control accounts for a hodgepodge curriculum and terrible discrepancies in the funding base between U.S. school districts; and (4) because of the lack of a national exam in the U.S., American parents want high grades and want easier teachers--American teachers are viewed as antagonists and impediments by parents instead of as friends. (Contains a 94-item bibliography.) (HTH)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Influences, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Politics of Education, Public Schools, School District Spending, Teacher Attitudes
Technomic Publishing Company, Inc., P.O. Box 3535, 851 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17604-9961 ($29).
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Identifiers: Canada; Denmark; England; Fulbright Exchange Program; Germany; Japan; United States