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Melissa Woodforlk
Melissa Woodforlk

Does teaching to the test show a student’s academic intelligence? What do you think? According to The Huffington Post 11 Foreign Education Policies That Could Transform American Schools by Renee Jacques, stated the following. The results of the latest PISA (Program for International Student Assessment), American students performed the same on the well-regarded international exam as they have for the past ten years. They scored slightly above average in reading, average in science, and below average in math. Meanwhile, students in the Chinese province, Shanghai, dominated the exam, earning the top spot in all three categories.

This article identified specific protocols and methods that top-performing countries are using to educate their children and highlighted 11 education policies from highly-ranked countries that seem to be working for them: 1, effectively teaching students how to conceptualize – Shanghai; 2, making school days shorter – Finland; 3, diverting more government spending toward education – Singapore; 4, keeping students with one teacher and class every year – Finland; 5, Paying teachers more – Singapore, Finland and South Korea; 6, directing better schools to help out failing schools – Shanghai; 7, Instilling a strong sense of belief and determination in students – Japan; 8, capping class sizes – Nova Scotia in Canada; 9, making sure parents take a more constructive role in children's education – China; 10, giving the kids a break – New Zealand; and 11, stressing engagement and positive relationships between students and staff – Japan.

Inside the classroom, an effective teacher loves to teach and knows that education is important to his or her students. This type of teacher cares about his or her students and it shows. An effective teacher gets to know his or her students and forms positive student/teacher relationships. This teacher is an exceptional communicator. When a student knows that their teacher cares about them and their future, being able to learn has no boundaries and no limits. All things educational are possible.

Outside of the classroom, the amount of school days children are in school, education funding and spending, class size, and recess are determined by the education structure that has been put into place by voting or by appointment. These education representatives of these school systems are charged with making the best decisions for both teachers and students. However, input in these decisions by all stakeholders must be considered. Moreover, education decisions should be lead by proven data and research. Most importantly, the students should come first and their education well being.

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