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Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World's Leading Systems

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This book answers a simple question: How would one redesign the American education system if the aim was to take advantage of everything that has been learned by countries with the world’s best education systems?

With a growing number of countries outperforming the United States on the most respected comparisons of student achievement—and spending less on education per stu
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Harvard Education Press
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Sean Kottke
Mar 01, 2015 Sean Kottke rated it it was amazing
Absolutely essential reading for informing educational policy conversations through the lens of international benchmarking.
Jonna Higgins-Freese
Oct 12, 2015 Jonna Higgins-Freese rated it it was amazing
Best comparative education policy/practice book I have read. The authors begin by quickly debunking a number of myths that are often used to explain/excuse why other countries are not *really* performing better than the US (they don't educate _all_ students or they don't have the kinds of diversity/immigration patterns we do) to show that, indeed, other countries are doing better than the US, even with that kind of complexity.

-- US does not educate everyone. 25-30% of US students drop out of hig
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Jennifer
Jun 21, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
I liked that it was fairly multiconsiderational of what a good education consists of, although it was ridiculously critical of Chinese high school/college for reasons I cannot comprehend. The way this book was structured, it was like shopping - as if I could cherry pick aspects of international education systems I liked and incorporate them into my own superstructure (which would be nice, but unfeasible). A fairly solid collection of articles that encapsulate the different strengths and weakness ...more
Caroline
Apr 19, 2016 Caroline rated it really liked it
Pretty interesting look at the "best" education systems in the world and how they work. I say "best" because I'm skeptical of basing success almost entirely on PISA results, and all the analysis seemed overly optimistic of these other countries. That said, there are definitely things to be learned from how other countries approach teaching and learning, and this book explores those possibilities fairly thoroughly.
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David Huyck
Dec 27, 2012 David Huyck rated it really liked it
Very interesting! Intriguing premise that will sure to fuel many a debate!
Leni
The one book on American educational reform that all US Presidential candidates must read.
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This book is not an easy read, but worth the drudgery if you are at all interested in education policy.
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