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October 7, 2009
Despite the billions of dollars being spent on ‘education reform’ since 1983, the U.S. has implemented none of the meaningful recommendations of the 1983 report and as a result has seen no real improvements to our math or science education system.
----Robert Compton,2008, creator and executive producer of the documentary Two Million Minutes.
Two decades later, A Nation at Risk remains significant in terms of setting the debate and ushering in an era of reform in education, but its goals have not yet been realized. The changes wrought by twenty years of task forces, committees, and study groups have not produced the hoped-for improvement in student achievement. Few of the commission's recommendations were properly implemented, and many of those that were proved too timid to bring about effective educational reform.
--Diane Ravitch 2003
U.S. treading water in reading Bloomberg News ServiceRussia, Hong Kong and Singapore shot to the top of 45 countries and provinces participating in a fourth-grade reading test, while England fell below the United States, according to results released yesterday. (Honolulu Advertiser, November 29, 2007)
U.S. Students Fall Short in Math and ScienceTeenagers in a majority of industrialized nations taking part in a leading international exam showed greater scientific understanding than students in the United States—and they far surpassed their American peers in mathematics. (Education Week, December 4, 2007)
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Since 1997, Singapore’s key educational strategies are:
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
(W)hy would the world’s employers pay us more than they have to pay the Indians to do their work? They would be willing to do that only if we could offer something that the Chinese and Indians, and others, cannot.--New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce (2007). Tough Choices or Tough Times
Marshall McLuhan, 1964
“Honey,” I confided, “I think the world is flat.”
Thomas Friedman, 2005
Daniel H. Pink (2005).A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age
The completely untraveled person will view all foreigners as the savage regards a member of another herd. But the man who has traveled, or who has studied international politics, will have discovered that, if his herd is to prosper, it must, to some degree, become amalgamated with other herds.
--Bertrand Russell, 1950
Creativity and discipline: Skills, knowledge, and attitude
Globalization: Schools as global enterprises
Model attitudes and behaviors.
Lead changes in curriculum, policy, and events in your schools.
Advocate changes in the state and the nation.
People work together to improve instruction in all classrooms and rigor is the norm.
People strive to personalize instruction for all students and resources are focused on the classroom.
People model professionalism creating a healthy and supportive environment for students to learn.
People believe that communication is the most important subject we teach.
The use of data is seen as part of establishing and assessing common goals.