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ERIC Number: EJ1022540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1931-6569
Why Schools in America Should Not Be Like Schools in Singapore
Hong, Barbara S. S.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v10 n4 p43-50 Win 2014
America is not Singapore and Singapore cannot be America. So why are we often comparing ourselves to high-performing countries based on international exams? Despite the educational crisis many U.S. schools are facing, Americans should be cautious not to mimic another country's model within our diverse classrooms. We are largely grounded on the values of individuality, inclusiveness, and ingenuity, something rarely shared by other countries. This article aims to dispel major stereotypes about Singaporean students and teachers in terms of special education, parental involvement, and academic tracking. We present a more careful and balanced picture of what schooling is like in Singapore and many Asian countries. Our goal is to challenge Americans to look beyond the ideology of a "panacea model" of education and ask ourselves if we really want to pay the price of admission to be ranked amongst these high-performing countries. We may not be at the top, but we are certainly not less.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study