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Custodio, Brenda; O'Loughlin, Judith B. – American Educator, 2020
Students with interrupted formal education (SIFE) are a relatively small proportion of recently arrived English language learners (ELLs), probably somewhere between 10 and 20 percent. However, these students often represent the most challenging of the ELLs because of their limited first-language literacy skills, frequent gaps in academic knowledge…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, English Language Learners, Refugees, Immigrants
Bennett, Tom – American Educator, 2015
As a philosophy and religious studies high school teacher in the United Kingdom, Tom Bennett discovered that a good deal of what was considered orthodoxy in the profession was unsubstantiated. It was the inspiration for his book, "Teacher Proof: Why Research in Education Doesn't Always Mean What It Claims, and What You Can Do about It,"…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Classroom Techniques, Misconceptions, Teaching Methods
Sarjala, Jukka – American Educator, 2013
For the past decade, Finland has been lauded for consistently being a top performer on international assessments of student achievement. Having spent 25 years in the Ministry of Education, and then another 8 as director general of the National Board of Education, the author was heartened by these accomplishment--but he is also concerned about how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Core Curriculum, Educational Cooperation, Best Practices
Christodoulou, Daisy – American Educator, 2013
In this article, author Daisy Christodoulou, a former teacher in the United Kingdom, debunks the myth that teaching facts prevents understanding, and she explains why teaching content knowledge is part of the primary mission of education. Throughout this article, she tries to stress that she shares the aims of many of the people whose methods she…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Objectives, Teaching Methods, Knowledge Level
Doyle, Christopher L. – American Educator, 2012
This author contends that contemporary issues classes no longer have currency, as standardized test results are the litmus test for education. In many schools, students are isolated from firsthand accounts and formal study of events that textbooks will one day proclaim as defining experiences of their generation. According to Doyle, schools tend…
Descriptors: Merit Pay, Test Results, Citizenship, Democracy
Sahlberg, Pasi – American Educator, 2012
International indicators show that Finland has one of the most educated citizenries in the world, provides educational opportunities in an egalitarian manner, and makes efficient use of resources. But at the beginning of the 1990s, education in Finland was nothing special in international terms. The performance of Finnish students on international…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Educational Opportunities
Sahlberg, Pasi – American Educator, 2011
Since Finland emerged in 2000 as the top-scoring Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nation on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), researchers have been pouring into the country to study the so-called "Finnish miracle." How did a country with an undistinguished education system in the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership Training, Foreign Countries
Darling-Hammond, Linda – American Educator, 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…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, College Graduates, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries
Senechal, Diana – American Educator, 2011
A strong curriculum brings clarity to a school's endeavor; it has practical, intellectual, and philosophical benefits. It gives shape to the subjects, helps ensure consistency within and among schools, makes room for first-rate books and tests, and leaves teachers room for professional judgment and creativity. In this article, the author explains…
Descriptors: Creativity, School Culture, Teaching Methods, Evaluation
Munson, Lynne; Bornfreund, Laura – American Educator, 2010
This article presents the authors' critique of lessons proposed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21). The authors initiate a discussion about content that they hope will play out in schoolhouses and statehouses across the country. They take on a different task: they present a handful of lesson ideas from P21 that could enhance studies…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Schools, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
Schmidt, William; Houang, Richard; Cogan, Leland – American Educator, 2002
Shows that the mathematics curricula used in the highest achieving countries are very similar and coherent. Using a visual comparison, this paper explains where the United States comes up short, noting that in the countries with the highest mathematics achievement, teachers have coherent guidelines (national curricula) and related tools and…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
Senser, Robert A. – American Educator, 2002
Notes that about half of U.S. toys are made in China, mainly by young women who work extremely long shifts, 7 days a week, "amid sickening vapors and under draconian rules." Describes corporate codes of conduct, the role consumers can play in changing extremely poor working conditions, and the impact of international trade reforms.…
Descriptors: Assembly (Manufacturing), Corporations, Females, Foreign Countries
Senser, Robert A. – American Educator, 2002
Asserts that China's rulers are trying to have a free labor market without the freedom, and that the Chinese labor union is actually a branch of the Communist Party. The result is worker exploitation and a burst of worker protests (despite the threat of jail). Describes efforts by Chinese activists to mobilize and empower workers and document…
Descriptors: Communism, Foreign Countries, Labor Conditions, Labor Demands
Schmidt, William – American Educator, 2002
Discusses differences between the quality of the U.S. curriculum and the quality of the curriculum in countries rated as having an excellent curriculum, explaining that in order to make the U.S. math curriculum more rigorous, it will be necessary to address the subject matter knowledge gap that exists between U.S. mathematics teachers and those in…
Descriptors: Curriculum, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
Dongfang, Han – American Educator, 2002
Presents comments spoken at a human rights conference by Han Dongfang, a Chinese activist who was jailed after an attempt to organize China's first independent union from a tent in Tiananmen Square during the democracy movement. Today, he is barred from the mainland but works from Hong Kong through Radio Free Asia. Comments focus on foreign…
Descriptors: Activism, Civil Disobedience, Communism, Foreign Countries
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