Focus on: World Learning

Our regularly featured World Learning page examines schooling trends and developments around the world.

An initiative in England seeks to turn low-performing schools around by pairing them with successful ones having similar contexts.
August 1, 2007 – Education Week

Critics argue that nations would be better off spending their money on teachers, classrooms, and textbooks.
May 23, 2007 – Education Week

More than half the world’s school-age children who are not attending school live in conflict-ridden countries, according to a report.
April 18, 2007 – Education Week

The organization is decentralizing with the aim of strengthening literacy efforts in the world’s neediest countries.
April 18, 2007 – Education Week

Political parties offer separate approaches to achieving uniformity.
March 14, 2007 – Education Week

The approach of Reggio Emilia preschools views the teacher as one who explores, learns, and creates along with the child.
February 7, 2007 – Education Week

While the United States has shifted towards test-based accountability in recent years, Wales has charted a course for its schools that greatly de-emphasizes standardized student assessments.
December 20, 2006 – Education Week

School days in Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and several other nations in sub-Saharan Africa are now just that for more children than ever before. Millions who, in the past, were more likely to stay home or go out to work than sit in a classroom—especially girls and poor youngsters—now are crowding into government schools.
November 8, 2006 – Education Week

The recent White House Conference on Global Literacy hosted here by first lady Laura Bush coincided with the rollout of a new international assessment that holds the promise of providing a much more accurate picture of adult illiteracy in developing countries than ever before.
October 4, 2006 – Education Week

A heightened global interest in education standards and accountability is helping U.S.-based testing organizations expand overseas in both K-12 and higher education.
August 30, 2006 – Education Week

Even as the merits of charter schools are still debated in the United States, an ambitious, charter-like experiment in public education is fast emerging in the Middle East.
July 26, 2006 – Education Week

Two dozen preparatory students from Egypt were in Washington this month to attend a conference about the Community Youth Mapping program, run by the Washington-based Academy for Educational Development, a nonprofit organization focused on education, health, and economic issues.
July 26, 2006 – Education Week

Since swarms of French college and high school students took to the streets this spring to protest a youth-employment law, much of the subsequent hand-wringing has focused on problems in the European nation’s troubled public universities. But many believe the furor carried messages for the nation’s elementary and secondary schools as well.
May 24, 2006 – Education Week

A spate of recent attacks on schools, teachers, and students has not threatened plans to open up educational opportunities for all children, especially girls, throughout the Southern Asian nation, observers say.
April 19, 2006 – Education Week

World leaders joined forces in Mozambique last week to exhort wealthy nations, including the United States, to step up their contributions toward educating all children in the next decade.
April 19, 2006 – Education Week

British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s proposal last fall to create a new breed of independent, publicly financed schools—an English twist on American charter schools—has made plenty of waves across the Atlantic. But while the initiative has riled many lawmakers in his own Labor Party, it now appears headed for approval by Parliament.
March 15, 2006 – Education Week

The International Education and Resource Network, or iEARN, is a worldwide program that allows teachers and students to work collaboratively on classroom projects and share basic cultural information through the Internet and other technologies.
February 8, 2006 – Education Week

From his cozy home office in Warrenton, Va., Christopher J. Klicka is dispensing advice to two evangelical Christian ministers who also happen to be home-schooling dads from Japan.
January 4, 2006 – Education Week

In California, Darrow Feldstein, a music-loving 15-year-old at Beverly Hills High School, has just returned from school. He watches his computer as his tutor, Bindu Sudheep, almost 9,000 miles away in Kochi, India, scribbles a math problem for him, using whiteboard technology that links up their computers via the Internet so they can see the same screen.
November 9, 2005 – Education Week

Accountability based on state-test results has dominated U.S. policy discussions. But around the globe, educators are beginning to pay more attention to the assessments teachers use in classrooms on a daily basis as a powerful lever for raising student achievement.
October 5, 2005 – Education Week

Through the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association, or ICPA, thousands of parents in Australia’s tiniest towns and remote areas can bend the ears of national politicians and state education leaders who make the rules for schools in a nation similar in geographic size to the United States but with less than one-tenth the population.
August 31, 2005 – Education Week

The push for secondary schools in Kenya and elsewhere among the poorer countries of the world follows a widespread move toward free basic education for all.
July 27, 2005 – Education Week

Nuzha Preparatory Girls School No. 3 is one of 177 schools in Jordan run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, established by a U.N. resolution in 1949 to care for Palestinian refugees. The schools have educated several generations of Palestinians and are marking their 55th year of operation.
May 25, 2005 – Education Week

British teachers’ unions, striking a chord familiar to Americans, have cast into high profile their opposition to a government plan for replacing failing secondary schools with new-style “academies” that are publicly financed but free from most local government control.
April 20, 2005 – Education Week

In Finland, a long-standing legal tradition known as the “everyman’s right” guarantees the public broad access to the country’s vast, picturesque forests, in most cases regardless of who owns the land. As a result, a prized national asset is shared throughout society, rather than hoarded by a few. For years, a similar principle has applied to education.
March 16, 2005 – Education Week

American policymakers have been urgently seeking solutions to school bullying and violence in recent years, but the issue had been receiving attention in many other countries long before it hit the U.S. spotlight.
February 9, 2005 – Education Week

The Visiting International Faculty Program is likely the sponsor of more international-exchange visas for teachers per year than any other U.S. organization, and it represents a greater than tenfold increase in the number of VIF teachers from five years ago.
January 5, 2005 – Education Week

Nations around the globe, particularly those with fresh memories of civil or regional conflicts or political strife, are debating how best to teach their history in school textbooks.
November 10, 2004 – Education Week

In all those regions ringing the North Pole, the harsh climate, the effects of hundreds of years of life under colonization, and the encroaching influences of Western culture have combined to pose special educational challenges for the indigenous groups that make their homes there.
October 6, 2004 – Education Week

Teachers’ strikes throughout Latin America have left millions of students out of school this year, and in some cases, even sparked violent clashes between militant protesters and police forces.
September 1, 2004 – Education Week

International Page A recent Singaporean film, "I Not Stupid," recounts the travails of three 12-year-olds categorized by their school as not too bright. School officials streamed the boys into courses labeled "em3," the academic basement of the country’s hypercompetitive education culture.
June 23, 2004 – Education Week

International PageAs the country prepares for parliamentary elections, likely to occur by October, its three leading political parties are debating just how much of a government subsidy schools ought to receive.
May 12, 2004 – Education Week

Focus On: World LearningEducators and policymakers from the United States and the United Kingdom gathered here recently to tackle common issues in urban education, ranging from how to narrow the achievement gap to how to recruit and retain teachers.
April 7, 2004 – Education Week

Focus On: World LearningAlarmed by declining student achievement compared with other nations, advocates from within and outside the education establishment, as well as the Arab constituency, are calling for sweeping changes to Israel's entire system of schooling.
March 3, 2004 – Education Week

Focus On: World LearningThe acceptance of evolution in American schoolhouses has been uneasy. Elsewhere, however, Charles Darwin's famous theory is taught with the same certainty as Sir Isaac Newton's law of gravity.
January 28, 2004 – Education Week

Experts in global education say that plenty of opportunities are available for teachers to expand their knowledge of the world, whether the instructors are beginners or veterans. But, they acknowledge, those opportunities aren't always so easy to find. Includes resources.
December 3, 2003 – Education Week

Technology PageIn a massive effort to expand and improve education for its more than 240 million students, China is encouraging American and other foreign for-profit companies and universities to establish and invest in private schools and colleges there.
September 24, 2003 – Education Week

Student-exchange programs, along with conferences that bring together students from around the world and international teachers' groups that are sharing ideas, are helping to foster a global consciousness in precollegiate education.
July 9, 2003 – Education Week

June 18, 2003 – Education Week

Waving the Flag

In schools throughout Japan, patriotism has been making its way back into the daily routine. But not all in the island nation are united in their views on how or even if schools should foster "love of one's country," as required under the revised national course of study.
June 4, 2003 – Education Week

International Page Charity Begins at home. But does it end there, too? That's the question facing U.S. philanthropies that support education, which tend to channel most of their money to American causes.
May 21, 2003 – Education Week

International Page Thousands of new students arrived at the 17,000 public schools across Kenya, as school officials worked frantically to meet a bold promise of this nation's new president: access to free primary education for all.
April 16, 2003 – Education Week

Roberto Miranda, the leader of an independent teachers' group in Cuba, has been sentenced by a Cuban court to 20 years in prison, following a dramatic roundup of political dissidents.
April 16, 2003 – Education Week

International Page The themes discussed at Cuba's eighth International Pedagogy Conference were almost as varied as the 40 countries that sent participants to this popular event.
March 12, 2003 – Education Week

International Page Even though an academic handpicked by Ontario's premier has vindicated school districts' allegations that the provincial government has been shortchanging them, Ontario refuses to free Toronto from its control. Includes the accompanying story, "Foreign Exchange."
February 5, 2003 – Education Week

International PageBecome a student of the world, and you'll be a better teacher when you return to America. That's Craig Kissock's pitch to prospective educators at the University of Minnesota-Morris as he shows them the floor-to-ceiling world map that adorns one wall of the school of education.
December 11, 2002 – Education Week

International Page As the "new" South Africa forges ahead with rebuilding and transforming its education system following the end of apartheid in 1994, school fees have emerged as a highly controversial issue—one that resonates in many developing countries around the world.
November 6, 2002 – Education Week

International Page In Egypt, it's known as "Alam SimSim." In China, it's "Zhima Jie," and in South Africa, "Takalani Sesame." No matter what the language, children from sub-Saharan Africa to the low-lying Netherlands know the popular American children's television show "Sesame Street."
October 2, 2002 – Education Week

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.
August 7, 2002 – Education Week

The European Union, as well as some international organizations and private financiers, is demanding that Eastern European countries work harder to integrate Gypsies into their schools.
May 29, 2002 – Education Week

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