Educating Students Around The Globe

Learning About, and From, Other Countries

Learning Around The World
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Educating Students Around The Globe
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Good teaching is the single biggest indicator for student success, and while we spend more money to teach our students than in any other country, we achieve at lower levels than our foreign counterparts.

So, what makes for a good teacher, and how do we know it when we see it?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation asked that question of 3,000 students and their teachers in a recently released study that took 3 years and cost $45 million dollars to complete. 

What they learned is what most kids already know, students are the best judge of what works. 

So, what do kids think good teachers have in common?

Good teachers challenge students, relay clear expectations, and make students believe that what they do matters. 

In a world where students need to compete, connect, and cooperate around the globe, we need to listen to what students say they need to prepare them for meaningful careers in a globalized environment.

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Matt from Deep River writes:

My wife is a school teacher.

I think mark Twain put it best when he said, "In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made School Boards."

School Boards seldom have backgrounds in Education, and now we will have 10% of teacher evaluation come from parents as well. The parents who complain the most, could not do a teacher's job for one day.

We spout out about creativity and changing the way we approach education. Why do we not require credentials from all who have input on "what needs to change" in education, and publicly post all who get involved in changing the ways things are done.