How do they do it abroad?

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.

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1 Response to “How do they do it abroad?”

  1. 1 Cynthia May 14, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Thank you for sharing this article. Aside from addressing the fact that our (U.S.) policies do not make it economically feasible for teachers to receive adequate preparation for the incredibly challenging and important profession of teaching, this article addresses an additional point. Darling-Hammond mentions that most U.S. teachers have “no time to work with colleagues during the school day…and little opportunity to share knowledge or improve their practice”. This is an unfortunate truth and confirms the need for venues like this blog where we can share information and improve our practice

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