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The Global “Crisis” in STEMEducationAlexander W. WisemanComparative & International Educationaww207@lehigh.edu
The Global “Crisis” in STEMEducationAlexander W. WisemanComparative & International Educationaww207@lehigh.edu
National “Crisis”A Nation at Risk (1983)“If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose onAmerica the mediocre edu...
National “Crisis”No Child Left Behind“It starts with this concept: Every child can learn. We believe thatit is important t...
National “Crisis”“This is our generation’s Sputnik moment…… we are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea ...
The Media Weighs In• “U.S. Still Trails Asia in Student Test Scores,” TheWashington Post, 11 Dec 2012• “Why Does U.S. Fail...
Significantly above international meanSignificantly below international meanNot significantly different
Significantly above international meanSignificantly below international meanNot significantly differentSingapore Korea Fin...
STEM Best Practices WorldwideSTEMTeacher preparation• Singapore• FinlandTeacher status• Singapore• KoreaCurriculum focus• ...
School vs.Non-schoolFactorsKorea SingaporeFinland United States
Aligning School + Non-school Factors•Support-oriented•Local voice•Shifts Baseline•InstitutionalizesChange•Needs-based•Scho...
The Global “Crisis” in STEMEducationAlexander W. WisemanComparative & International Educationaww207@lehigh.edu
Wiseman, A. W. (2013, May). The Global “Crisis” in Education and the US Policy  Response. Presentation to the Comparative ...
Wiseman, A. W. (2013, May). The Global “Crisis” in Education and the US Policy  Response. Presentation to the Comparative ...
Wiseman, A. W. (2013, May). The Global “Crisis” in Education and the US Policy  Response. Presentation to the Comparative ...
Wiseman, A. W. (2013, May). The Global “Crisis” in Education and the US Policy  Response. Presentation to the Comparative ...
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Wiseman, A. W. (2013, May). The Global “Crisis” in Education and the US Policy Response. Presentation to the Comparative and International Education Department, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.

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Wiseman, A. W. (2013, May). The Global “Crisis” in Education and the US Policy Response. Presentation to the Comparative and International Education Department, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.

  1. 1. The Global “Crisis” in STEMEducationAlexander W. WisemanComparative & International Educationaww207@lehigh.edu
  2. 2. The Global “Crisis” in STEMEducationAlexander W. WisemanComparative & International Educationaww207@lehigh.edu
  3. 3. National “Crisis”A Nation at Risk (1983)“If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose onAmerica the mediocre educational performance that existstoday, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As itstands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves. We haveeven squandered the gains in student achievement made in thewake of the Sputnik challenge. Moreover, we have dismantledessential support systems which helped make those gainspossible. We have, in effect, been committing an act ofunthinking, unilateral educational disarmament.”
  4. 4. National “Crisis”No Child Left Behind“It starts with this concept: Every child can learn. We believe thatit is important to have a high quality education if one is going tosucceed in the 21st century. Its no longer acceptable to becranking people out of the school system and saying, okay, justgo -- you know, you can make a living just through manual laboralone. Thats going to happen for some, but its not the future ofAmerica, if we want to be a competitive nation as we head intothe 21st century.”President George W. BushGeneral Philip Kearny SchoolPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJanuary 8, 2009
  5. 5. National “Crisis”“This is our generation’s Sputnik moment…… we are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea -the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our owndestiny. That’s why centuries of pioneers and immigrants haverisked everything to come here. It’s why our students don’t justmemorize equations, but answer questions like “What do youthink of that idea? What would you change about theworld? What do you want to be when you grow up?” We need toout-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.”President Barak ObamaThe State of the Union AddressJanuary 25, 2011
  6. 6. The Media Weighs In• “U.S. Still Trails Asia in Student Test Scores,” TheWashington Post, 11 Dec 2012• “Why Does U.S. Fail in Science Education?,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 20 March 2011• ‘Says John Holdren, Obama’s science advisor and directorof the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy,“America needs a world-class STEM workforce to addressthe grand challenges of the 21st century, such asdeveloping clean sources of energy that reduce ourdependence on foreign oil and discovering a cure forcancer.”’– “Education 101: Focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering,and Math,” Philadelphia Examiner, 26 Jan 2010
  7. 7. Significantly above international meanSignificantly below international meanNot significantly different
  8. 8. Significantly above international meanSignificantly below international meanNot significantly differentSingapore Korea Finland
  9. 9. STEM Best Practices WorldwideSTEMTeacher preparation• Singapore• FinlandTeacher status• Singapore• KoreaCurriculum focus• Singapore, Korea, FinlandEquity-based• Finland
  10. 10. School vs.Non-schoolFactorsKorea SingaporeFinland United States
  11. 11. Aligning School + Non-school Factors•Support-oriented•Local voice•Shifts Baseline•InstitutionalizesChange•Needs-based•School + Non-School•Extensive DataSystem•ProfessionalStandards1. BuildonNationalStrengths2.CompareStrategic-ally3.Context-ualizeReform4. BestPolicybuildsCulture
  12. 12. The Global “Crisis” in STEMEducationAlexander W. WisemanComparative & International Educationaww207@lehigh.edu

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