International Competitiveness

Enrollment Now Open: PISA Online Course for Policy and Education Leaders

The Foundation for Excellence in Education has opened enrollment to their PISA online course for policy and education leaders. As the newest addition to their EdPolicy Leaders online course portfolio, this free, self-paced course takes a deep dive into the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a global […]

Cradle to Ivory Tower: College, President Obama, and Common Core

In response to President Obama’s State of the Union proposal for tuition-free community colleges, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni cites “Expectations and Reality,” a report released by America Achieves, and results from the Programme for International Student Assessment, to make the case that students are too often ill-prepared for college. The America Achieves report […]

A Formula for Success in the Classroom

The D.C. Public Schools STEM director and a vice president for Lockheed Martin tout the benefits of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) in this Washington Post op-ed. PLTW is recognized for its dedication to providing U.S. students with a high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program so they are prepared for STEM-related fields after […]

One Nation Under Taught

Vince Bertram, president and CEO of Project Lead the Way, addresses the crisis in STEM education in America and offers a blueprint for educators and policymakers “to work together to make our schools places that promote curiosity, inspire a love of learning, and create long-lasting prosperity.” To learn more, visit Project Lead The Way’s website. You […]

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Endangering Prosperity

The deficiencies of U.S. public schools should be of concern to all Americans, as a globalization introduces new competition for talent, markets, capital, and opportunity.

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International Competitiveness

Three billion people worldwide are competing for 1.2 billion full-time jobs. It pays to have a good education. But in America, our education is anything but internationally competitive.

How About Better Parents?

“There’s no question that a great teacher can make a huge difference in a student’s achievement, and we need to recruit, train and reward more such teachers. But here’s what some new studies are also showing: We need better parents.” New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman addresses parental actions that will support children’s learning at home and can improve their overall academic achievement.

Can’t We Do Better?

“The latest results in the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, which compare how well 15-year-olds in 65 cities and countries can apply math, science and reading skills to solve real-world problems were released last week, and it wasn’t pretty for the home team.” New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman offers policy ideas to improve U.S. students’ performance.

My Little (Global) School

NYT columnist Thomas Friedman notes that “U.S. middle-class students are badly lagging their peers globally.” Even students from higher middle class families are “significantly outperformed by 24 countries in math and by 15 countries in science.” Friedman highlights tools for addressing the problem and schools that are leading the way.