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The US spends more on education than other countries. Why is it falling behind?

The Guardian – Dominic Rushe

“America’s schools are in trouble – but it’s not all about money. In 2014, the US spent an average of $16,268 a year to educate a pupil from primary through tertiary education, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) annual report of education indicators, well above the global average of $10,759.” (more)

Study Shows That Girls in Korea Score Higher, Enroll in More STEM Classes, When Assigned Female Teachers

The 74 Million – Kevin Mahnken

“A study of schools in South Korea has found that seventh-grade girls who are assigned to female teachers perform better on standardized tests, enroll in more advanced classes, and are more likely to make plans to attend college. The effects were observed from middle school into high school and are particularly pronounced in STEM disciplines like math and science.”(more)

Losing focus: Why so many Chinese children wear glasses

The Economist – Staff Writer

“The incidence of myopia is high across East Asia, afflicting 80-90% of urban 18-year-olds in Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan…The biggest factor in short-sightedness is a lack of time spent outdoors…if a child has enough time in the open, they can study all they like and their eyesight should not suffer…” (more)

The New SAT Doesn’t Come Close to the World’s Best Tests

Time – Amanda Ripley

“So how does the new SAT compare to the university entrance exam in a place like South Korea, a test-crazed culture if ever there was one? Or Finland — a country that boasts a high school graduation rate of 96 percent (compared to 77 percent in the United States) and, like Korea, scores at the top of the world on the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, test (administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)?”(more)

South Korea Tries to Cool Down Its Education Fever

Education News – Muhammad Nadeem

“In the first decades of the South Korean republic, the government tried to develop a strong commitment to education that could help forge the country’s economic and social future — but now they are trying to cool it down.”(more)

What can we learn from a middle school in South Korea? Focus on the whole child

Smart Blogs on Education – Katrina Stevens

“While spending time in South Korea, I had the good fortune to visit Sinsu Middle School…Recognizing the similarities, I was still struck by what we could learn from some of the differences between our two systems, especially the attention paid to the emotional and physical development of young people in South Korea. This echoes a renewed focus on the whole child in some parts of the U.S. education system.”(more)