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Passport 1 Sarah Gioconda

  1. 1. Sarah GiocondaEDU 27428 September 2012GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS
  2. 2. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GLOBALLYCOMPETITIVE? Currently, schools in the United States are educating our students in math, science, and technology To keep up with the rest of the world, our students need to be engaged in courses that will teach them about the ever so fast changing global trends in science and technology
  3. 3. INTERNATIONAL RANKINGS This is just an example of other countries being ahead of the United States in international rankings in the education system
  4. 4. TRENDS IN TOP RANKED COUNTRIES The United States education system has been pushed to the back of recent international rankings Our preceding countries are educating their students under completely different circumstances and have better test scores to prove it. The United States are the only country that uses multiple choice tests on a regular basis. Other countries use essay style question tests because it allows the students to think critically and creatively
  5. 5. SINGAPORE Singapore is a relatively new nation with a surprisingly high ranking in global competitiveness Because Singapore is so new, they felt they had to produce an education system that would give the people in their community the ability to get involved with the fast changing economy English is the primary language for education They are so successful and competitive today that parents are signing their children up as early as age six for 2nd language classes Students are required to be bilingual; English, and either Malay, Indian, and Mandarin Chinese must be taken in school “Streaming” is a process which divides the students up into types of schools, each designed for a different college pathway
  6. 6. CHINA With over 240 million students,  The current senior secondary China has the largest education school curriculum requires system in the world students to take the majority of Within recent years, China has their courses in adapted two new curriculums: language, mathematics, ideology  The first, gives students the and political thought, and history skills to adapt to the  In the Two million minutes changing global economy video, the boy from China was so and lifelong learning skills focused on schoolwork that he  The second, involves didn’t have time for a job or to go practical learning skills such out with friends. He didn’t even as, problem solving, make it into his first college collaboration, and choice program despite all the communication work he put into getting there because China’s education system is so competitive
  7. 7. LEARNING FROM OUR COMPETITORS In order to become more globally competitive, our education systems need to implement changes on our current curriculum, teaching staff, medium of assessments, and assignments
  8. 8. CIRRICULUMWhat we need: Current Events- to keep students aware of the changing world around them Science and Technology- to allow students to dig deeper in understanding and discovery Foreign Language- learning (an) additional language is helpful to students for perusing careers that communicate in other countries Different Cultures- students need to be able to respect other countries and understand their way of life
  9. 9. CIRRICULUM (CON’T) Redesign high school curriculums to challenge students further and motivate academic competitiveness Have a curriculum that is more focused on the deeper/detailed meaning of fewer subjects rather than broad covering of many subjects Promote individual development in research assignments that allow students to address the global economy
  10. 10. TEACHERS/EDUCATORS In the United States, it is very easy to get a teaching degree We need to be sure that the teachers going into our schools have the correct skills to teach our youth The teaching program in Singapore was much more in depth and the teachers are regularly evaluated to make sure they are performing up to potential Students need to be given the skills and attitudes that will help them be successful and active in the global economy Students should be encouraged to actively participate, which teaches them analytical thinking, problem solving, and enhances their creativity
  11. 11. TESTING Instead of multiple choice style questions where students are memorizing facts, students should be given essay style questions that analyze details and promote writing skills
  12. 12. ASSIGNMENTS To enhance communication skills, critical thinking, and problem solving ability, students need to be challenged on a regular basis with assignments such as:  Open-ended essays  Science projects that relate to current global situations  Presenting research related inquiry
  13. 13. REFRENCESReadings:Darling-Hammond, Linda, and Laura McCloskey. “What Would It Mean to be Internationally Competitive?” Assessment for Learning Around the World. 90.04 (2008): 263-272. PrintLearning From Singapore: The Findings of a Delegation of North Carolinians That Examined Education and the Economy. 2008. 1-32. Print.Mazurek, Kas, and Margret Winzer. Schooling Around the World. Boston: Pearson Education, 2006. 72-83. PrintStewart, Vivien. “Becoming Citizens of the World.” Prepared Graduate. 64.7 (2007): 8-14. PrintPictures: ranking/53110494/1://