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ERIC Number: EJ777828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Learning from the World: Achieving More by Doing Less
Baines, Lawrence
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n2 p98-100 Oct 2007
At this moment, in school districts throughout the United States, initiatives are being launched to extend the school day, increase homework, integrate technology, and require more high-stakes testing. The assumption underlying these initiatives is that more and more--more time in school, more homework, more technology, and more high-stakes testing--will produce smarter, better-prepared students who, in turn, will help guide the nation through the tumultuous and uncertain 21st century. To realize the ideal of an educated, productive citizenry, however, many countries around the world are employing radically different approaches. Instead of executing a strategy of more and more, some countries have decided to educate their young people by doing less. In this article, the author discusses four areas where the policy and practice in high-achieving countries run counter to current practice and policy in the U.S., namely: (1) time spent at school; (2) homework; (3) technology; and (4) schools as agents of social change. Instead of spending much efforts at reform, the author argues that perhaps it is time for the U.S. to learn from the world, to stop thinking in terms of more and more, and consider what might be achieved by doing less. (Contains 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; South Korea; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
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