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Globalization and
Education
Academic Performance:
U.S Versus Other Countries
How does the academic
performance of U.S. students
in regards to the PISA...
PISA Assessments
The PISA assessments are used to determine
how well students near the end of their
academic career are ab...
Reading Math Science
Country/
Region
Score Country/
Region
Score Country/
Region
Score
1. Shanghai, China 556 Shanghai, Ch...
The PISA Scores matters because a high
ranking has a positive correlation to the economic
success of a country. “American ...
Implications of
Technological,
Environmental, and Political
Changes That Are
Transforming the World
Today on the Future of...
Stewart quotes President Obama’s on how No Child
Left Behind legislation was not ambitious enough in
closing the achieveme...
Furthermore, Stewart concludes the chapter with the
following quote that sums up how important it is to
change the U.S. ed...
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Globalization and Education

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Summary of Chapter One of Vivien Stewart's A World-Class Education

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Globalization and Education

  1. 1. Globalization and Education
  2. 2. Academic Performance: U.S Versus Other Countries How does the academic performance of U.S. students in regards to the PISA results of 2009 compare with that of students in other countries? Why does it matter?
  3. 3. PISA Assessments The PISA assessments are used to determine how well students near the end of their academic career are able “to apply their knowledge to real-life situations. The emphasis is therefore on understanding of concepts, mastery of processes, and real- world problem solving. PISA reports the average score for students in each country and identifies the top performers (levels 5 and 6) and poor performers (levels 1 and 2). The most recent United States performance on PISA (OECD, 2010b) is disappointing, to say the least, in all three subject areas.”
  4. 4. Reading Math Science Country/ Region Score Country/ Region Score Country/ Region Score 1. Shanghai, China 556 Shanghai, China 600 Shanghai, China 575 2. Korea 539 Singapore 562 Finland 554 3. Finland 536 Hong Kong, China 555 Hong Kong, China 549 4. Hong Kong, China 533 Korea 546 Singapore 542 5. Singapore 526 Chinese Taipei 543 Japan 539 6. Canada 524 Finland 541 Korea 538 7. New Zealand 521 Liechtenstein 536 New Zealand 532 8. Japan 520 Switzerland 534 Canada 529 9. Australia 515 Japan 529 Estonia 528 10. Netherlands 508 Canada 527 Australia 527 17. United States 500 31. United States 487 23. United States 500
  5. 5. The PISA Scores matters because a high ranking has a positive correlation to the economic success of a country. “American students lag a full year behind their peers in the countries that score highest in math. This continuing class- and race- based achievement gap means that we are failing to prepare large numbers of our young people, especially those in our minority communities, for postsecondary education or training. But we also lack a high proportion of students who reach the top skill levels that are critical for innovation and economic growth. In sum, the results from the world's global education report cards show that American students are not well prepared to compete in today's knowledge economy” which is a disturbing results since the U.S. spends the second highest amount of money in educating its citizens.
  6. 6. Implications of Technological, Environmental, and Political Changes That Are Transforming the World Today on the Future of Education
  7. 7. Stewart quotes President Obama’s on how No Child Left Behind legislation was not ambitious enough in closing the achievement gaps. According to President Obama: "In a 21st century world, where jobs can be shipped wherever there's an Internet connection, where a child born in Dallas is now competing with a child in New Delhi, where your best job qualification is not what you do, but what you know, education is no longer just a pathway to success; it's a prerequisite for success" and in order to compete we have to develop a "world-class education system," (Obama, 2009). A world-class education system would reduce “the high school dropout rate, and once again making the United States first in the world in college graduation rates.” The top ten countries are developing faster in technology, producing more quality college graduates, and strengthening their country while the U.S. declines.
  8. 8. Furthermore, Stewart concludes the chapter with the following quote that sums up how important it is to change the U.S. educational practices. “Over the past two decades, tectonic shifts have occurred in the economic and educational landscape of the world. The global context has changed, global educational standards have changed, and the skills needed to be successful in the global knowledge economy have changed. But while the world has altered so dramatically, our schools have not. Just as a market leader in the corporate world can get eclipsed by newer companies, the American school system has been overtaken in many areas. The future of the economy, jobs, and other national challenges is always unpredictable, but a good education is the best tool we have to prepare the next generation of Americans for the rapidly changing world.”

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