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ERIC Number: EJ798976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Learning from the World: Achieving More by Doing Less
Baines, Lawrence
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n5 p23-26 Jan 2008
Throughout the United States, initiatives are being launched to extend the school day, increase homework, integrate technology, and require more high-stakes testing. The underlying assumption is that more time in school, more homework, more technology, and more high stakes testing will produce smarter, better-prepared students. Instead of executing a strategy of more and more, some have decided to educate their young people by doing less. Because the test scores of students from these countries eclipse the scores of American students in two international comparisons of student achievement--Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) and Programme of International Student Achievement (PISA)--an investigation of educational practices in higher-achieving countries might prove instructive. 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 more 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. [See EJ777828.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; South Korea; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment