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What does it mean to be globally competitive?
Erin Dudleyon 9 February 2014
Transcript of What does it mean to be globally competitive?
By: Erin Dudley
What does it mean to be globally competitive?
Students of Asia
How are these students being prepared? Should we follow in their doings?
Why should we worry about becoming globally competitive?
We want students to be "future ready" and have the ability to compete with other countries. Whether we know it or not, we are in competition with the other country's in how well our students are performing in the classroom and in other activities.
If we look at education within the United States, we have some brilliant students and our students are smart. However, if we look at education across the globe, the US isn't doing as well as it once was.
The US was once a top competing country in the educational world, but we have stayed at a constant while other countries have caught up and surpassed us. Take a look at these PISA scores.
On the PISA exam, the United States has dropped it's placement four rankings in science, six rankings in math and ten rankings in reading in just three years.
Statistics to Know
The US scored well below average on the mathematics section of the PISA exam in 2012.
The United States almost made the average in Reading and Science (2012).
The top overall scores came from Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Macao and Japan (2012) .
Note that the top scores came from areas in Asia.
Why were scores from Asia so high? What are they doing in their education systems to produce these numbers? Let's take a look.
The first thing to look at is the value of education. Countries in Asia place an extremely high value on education. Students are informed by society that the key to success in life is to excel in education. Children are launched into intensive learning at a young age. The US, says that high education is good, but how much value are we really placing on education and communicating with students? Can this be improved?
Fun fact: in certain places, education starts before birth with mothers talking to the baby and reading to them.
Teachers is another aspect to look at.
Teachers of the United States work hard, they do. However, they are extremely undervalued by our government and society. Teaching is difficult and a very important job, but most Americans don't see that. In Asian countries, teachers are highly respected which in turn, often leads to overachieving teachers that enjoy their job. When teachers enjoy their job and feel respected for the task that they have to accomplish, this has an effect on the students who also, do well.
What Kind of Learning is Implemented?
Most country's in Asia, approach learning in a rote manner. It discourages independent thinking, but promotes test taking skills.
So what should we do to become more globally competitive and future ready?
Teach Students to Think
Students hate having to think on their own and come up with answers. They want the answer to be given to them. We should be explaining to them ways to think their way through problems. This is not only a great test taking skill, but also a skill that will help students tremendously later in life.
Teachers should motivate students to want to learn, attend class every day, and pay attention. We want our students to be interested and curious. Ignore the fact that teachers are undervalued; teachers should show society why they should be valued and respected. Start with showing how intelligent students can become from being in your classroom.
"Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect."
- Samuel Johnson
REMEMBER! Every student is different, which means they learn and obtain information in different ways. We can't treat every student the same. Use different teaching styles and different kinds of activities to engage the students.
same thing over
and expecting different results.
Example: When a student or a group of students is stuck on a problem, give them ideas on how they could find the answer, or what they could relate it to, a similar idea, to help them reach a conclusion.
Show a video
Teach them a song
Play a game
Rote learning can produce a great test taking student, but it also produces a robot.
"Intelligence plus character-- that is the goal of true education." -Martin Luther King Jr.
We want kids to have a strong knowledge base, but we also want them to obtain creativity, individuality, and productivity.
"The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots." -Erich Fromm
So, do you think
are you globally competitive?
are you right brained or left brained?