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Rotberg, Iris C. – Principal, 2007
Many nations, including the United States, have had to make difficult decisions that often affect educational equity. This article addresses three controversial issues--parental contributions to public schools, student tracking, and testing practices--by comparing policies in South Africa, England, and China with those in the United States.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Comparative Education
Lodish, Richard – Principal, 1996
Based on 30 years' experience, the author advocates a balanced approach that accommodates extremes in four important areas: curriculum, teaching, structure, and classroom management. Using a whole-language approach to reading should not mean that phonics, spelling, or punctuation skills can't be taught. Authoritarian and open classroom structures…
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Classroom Techniques, Creativity, Curriculum
Wohlstetter, Priscilla; Briggs, Kerri L. – Principal, 1994
Summarizes results of an in-depth study of 25 elementary and middle schools in 11 districts in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Some schools were actively restructuring; others were going through the motions of school-based management with little instructional change. The most successful SBM plans were those that empowered new decision…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Leadership Responsibility
Travers, Kenneth J. – Principal, 1985
The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement examined eighth-grade mathematics programs in 21 countries during the 1981-82 school year. This report discusses how programs in the United States compared with those in other countries in instructional characteristics and student achievement. Recommendations are noted.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Grade 8, Mathematics Curriculum
McAdams, Richard P. – Principal, 1998
A comparison of educational systems of several developed countries (England, Germany, Denmark, Japan, and the United States) shows that U.S. principals have a more frenetic work day than their international colleagues, shouldering heavier responsibilities for student discipline, teacher supervision, student activities, and community relations.…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Comparative Education, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries