There has been a heated debate on education policies that are implemented in different countries. In fact, it is easy to identify if one country is doing better than the other. Some of these concepts may be homogeneous to some countries. On the other hand, a country may have adopted a totally different approach on education matters.
- Teaching students how to conceptualize
According to an advisor working for CNN, only 2% of students are in a position to conceptualize math problems and formulas according to real life situation. A certain test known as PISA is often conducted on students to verify whether they have mastered all the concepts. In comparison, 30% of students based in Shanghai can implement the concepts that they have learned in school.
- Shortening school days
A country such as Finland is normally at the top regarding education according to Pearson assessment of education quality. The main reason for this is because an average term consists of only 600 hours. In other countries, students often go to school for a total of 1,080 hours. They use shorter time as possible to give the teachers enough time to prepare for the next year.
- Diverting more government spending toward education
A country such as Singapore has diverted its funding towards the education sector. This is the reason as to why they normally come first whenever they contest in any math exam with other countries. As illustrated, 20% of its funding is pumped into the education sector as compare to the US that only spares 2% of its budget. As a result, teachers get motivated to work harder to produce results since they are better paid.
- Keeping students with one teacher and class every year
Students in Finland get access to services from one teacher every year. On the other hand, the US only assigns different teachers to handle different subjects per class. This means that students get to meet as many teachers as possible throughout their lifetime. It is difficult to monitor the progress of the student using many teachers.
- Using top performing schools as good examples for failing schools
Teamwork is a very important factor when it comes to the success of the students. Shanghai operates in such a way that better-performing schools mingle with low-performing schools so that they can emulate their examples. This form of empowered administration ensures that a better performing school spearheads the weaker one by releasing some of their best teachers to coach them for the time being.
- Instilling a strong sense of belief and determination in students
Japan is a very good example that has demonstrated this idea. In fact, 84% of Japanese students have developed a passion for whatever they do. In fact, by the time they are leaving their schools, they have already identified what they want to do in life by implementing everything. Unfortunately, only 50% of American students are not passionate about what they go to school for. This culture is what has made Japan become the most technologically advanced country.