While browsing through the Urban Education Exchange website, I came across a short article by Linda Darling-Hammond that was originally published in Time Magazine on February 14, 2008. The article is titled, “How they do it abroad” Darling-Hammond writes:
When school starts each year, the most important question on the minds of parents and children is, Who will my teacher be? The concern is well founded. Researchers have discovered that school’s deepest influence on learning depends on the quality of the teacher… Put simply, expert teachers are the most fundamental resource for improving education.
She goes onto discuss how countries with top international rankings (such as Finland, Singapore, Canada and Japan) prepare their teachers. A former MA student in comparative and international education and teacher in Japan, I find studying other school system’s a fascinating endeavor! There is so much we can learn as educators from our international peers. If you have 3 minutes, check our Darling-Hammond’s article here.
PS If you are interested in catching a glimpse of the education systems in India and China, you might enjoy the recent documentary 2 Million Minutes.