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ERIC Number: EJ909932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Soaring Systems: High Flyers All Have Equitable Funding, Shared Curriculum, and Quality Teaching
Darling-Hammond, Linda
American Educator, v34 n4 p20-23, 53 Win 2010-2011
Now more than ever, high-quality education for all is a public good that is essential for the good of the public. As the fate of individuals and nations is increasingly interdependent, the quest for access to an equitable, empowering education for all people has become a critical issue for the American nation as a whole. No society can thrive in a technological, knowledge-based economy by depriving large segments of its population of learning. But at a time when three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require postsecondary education, just over one-third of young people receive a college degree. Meanwhile, in many European and Asian nations, more than half of young people are becoming college graduates. Although many U.S. educators and civil rights advocates have fought for higher quality and more equitable education over many years--in battles for desegregation, school finance reform, and equitable treatment of students within schools--progress has been stymied in many states over the last two decades as segregation has worsened, and disparities have grown. These disparities have come to appear inevitable in the United States; however, they are "not" the norm in developed nations around the world, which fund their education systems centrally and equally, with additional resources often going to the schools where students' needs are greater. High-performing countries have created coherent education systems in which all students have equally well-resourced schools, learn the same core content, and benefit from uniformly well-prepared teachers. This article briefly looks at three very different nations--Finland, Singapore, and South Korea--that built strong education systems, nearly from the ground up. (Contains 16 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland; Singapore; South Korea; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment