Education Around the Globe

Over the past few decades, Education Week has visited several countries to report on their education systems. Read our reports:

China | Germany | India | Japan

CHINA

April 2007  in this series, Education Week examines education in China today, the classroom strategies at work in schools, and the strengths and weakness Chinese educators and others see in their education system.

GERMANY

May 11, 2005  The Wall may have come down in Germany, but tensions over the nation’s immigrant population have provoked another kind of rift that is evident in the schools. Education Week went to Germany for this special story.
Identity Blurred for Many Immigrants: National identity can be tricky for immigrants in Germany, even those with German passports like the Celikkol family of Berlin.

INDIA

Nov. 30, 2005   Indian students throw themselves into the study of science, math, and technology to earn a coveted spot in one of the country’s prestigious, and competitive, engineering and medical colleges. Education Week Staff Writer Vashali Honawar returned to her native India to report on the country's education system.
Indian Middle Class Makes Mission Out of Sending Children to College: In India, putting a child through engineering or medical college is, for many middle-class families, a life’s mission in a way that is almost unknown in the United States.
Nov. 9, 2005  India, home to a large population of educated English speakers and software engineers, has in the past few years positioned itself as an outsourcing center for American businesses. Call centers there now provide banking and medical transcription, and increasingly, tutoring in math, science, and English for students in grades 3-12.
Oct. 6, 2005  In this Web dispatch from India, Staff Writer Vaishali Honawar visits a school for boys to see how donations from India's national government and school alumni—some of who live in the United States—are impacting the school and its students.
Oct. 6, 2005   Education Week Staff Writer Vaishali Honawar reports on the position of women in education and Indian society.
Sept. 26, 2005  Education Week Staff Writer Vaishali Honawar visits one young man who is trying to save for college by teaching youngsters math and science in his Bombay neighborhood.
Sept. 22, 2005  Widely lauded for producing some of the world's most impressive minds in science and mathematics, the nation also has one of the world's highest illiteracy rates.

JAPAN

Sept. 25, 2002  Japan's fabled educational system produced a diligent and capable workforce that propelled Japan to economic dominance. But parents and policymakers have grown weary of the toll that the system's high expectations is taking on their children. After more than a decade of debate, the government is implementing a series of reforms promising a more relaxed approach to education. Education Week Associate Editor Kathleen Kennedy Manzo reports on Japan's changing climate in this series.
Classroom Chaos: Education defines Kunitachi City, a peaceful Tokyo suburb of 66,000 residents. Hundreds of cherry trees line the quiet main street. Reports of gakkyu hokai, or classroom chaos, came as a shock.
Opening the Doors: As part of moral education, educators are placing more emphasis on interpersonal skills and stronger relationships between the generations.
Teaching Tolerance: The cultural mix in urban areas where many immigrants reside is forcing greater tolerance and acceptance.
August 7, 2002   The pressures of an education-obsessed society have led a growing number of middle and upper-class Japanese parents to enroll their children in private 'cram' schools.
July 4, 2002   Japanese schools can no longer take security for granted, after an in-school attack last year that left 18 children dead and 13 injured. That's just one challenge facing Japan's education system, notes Education Week Associate Editor Kathleen Kennedy Manzo in this piece filed from Japan.
Sept. 25, 2002   In 1985, Education Week Staff Writer Sheppard Ranbom spent three months in Japan investigating its educational system and the increasingly loud calls for reform there. Just two years earlier, a panel appointed by then Secretary of Education Terrel H. Bell had released the landmark indictment of American education, A Nation at Risk.
Educators from Singapore and Finland discuss approaches that have yielded high rankings in global comparisons of student achievement.
June 30, 2009 - Education Week
Iris C. Rotberg comments on the education myths that have become the basis of rhetoric and policy.
June 9, 2008 - Education Week

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