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Learning from other nations

Make sure to check out the conversation taking place now on Ed Week Teacher's Teaching Ahead about what U.S. schools can learn from other nations. I wrote a piece about the need to decrease the amount of testing in our schools. Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment. You can also read about teaching in Finland, what testing looks like in Italy, a call for more movement in schools, and risk-taking teachers in China.

Have a great break and see you in 2014!

3 Comments

Cathleen Lin commented on January 6, 2014 at 9:23pm:

Taiwan Schooling

Here in Taiwan, there are entrance requirements for high schools and colleges. There was a recent move to more authentic assessment. However, what evolved as a result was a more complex (albeit somewhat confusing) system. It used to be that students would take an entrance exam and based on the results, they would get to go to certain schools based on their rankings. However, the current system not only uses an exam but also includes other added requirements (ex. service learning component).

Noah Zeichner Noah Zeichner commented on January 7, 2014 at 11:50am:

New requirements

Thanks for your comment, Cathleen. How are the new requirements in Taiwan working? Do you think they are a positive change for students? Service learning has been a graduation requirement for many years in my school district (students must earn 60 service hours during their four years of high school). Sometimes it seems like just another thing to check off - I try to build service learning INTO my classes as much as possible so that it's not just taking place outside of school.

Cathleen Lin commented on January 17, 2014 at 12:56am:

Steep Learning Curve

We will be starting the new implementation in August 2014 for the high school. I think in the long run, it will be a positive change for students. However, we might have a steep learning curve to conquer in the initial stage. For a comprehensive overview, you might want to peruse the information posted here:  http://english.cw.com.tw/article.do?action=show&id=13074&offset=0

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