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Learning Curves: Education
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
What kind of education a child can expect to receive may have less to do with the teacher and more to do socioeconomic status, race and culture. These and other factors make the question of how best to educate American children a complicated one. In this episode you will meet…
How the World Learns - Comparative Educational Systems Series
America's blueprint for mass education has been followed across the globe--yet international student assessments show that achievement varies sharply, with the U.S. and much of Europe typically scoring average, at best. Not surprisingly, this state of affairs has sparked anxieties about an educational crisis. Adding even more fuel to the…
What Should We Compare about Education?
Episode 5 of How the World Learns
Do the achievement rankings paint an accurate picture of what's happening in schools, or is the crisis politically manufactured? Get answers as you analyze common criticisms of national education systems through the lens of three recurring phenomena--achievement envy, the accountability expectation, and access entitlement--and look at approaches to shifting school…
How to Fix Education: Heart, Head, Hands
Episode 24 of How the World Learns
Assuming something is "wrong" with schools, how might they be fixed? Analyze how the larger forces of imposition, invitation, and innovation can lead to change through examples from Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and Myanmar, where Buddhist monks have established non-religious schools at their monasteries to remedy the poor quality of…
Capitalism Hits The Fan - Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
With breathtaking clarity, renowned UMass Economics Professor Rick Wolff breaks down the root causes of today's economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic and systemic failures within American-style capitalism as a whole. Wolff traces the source of the economic crisis to the…
The Problem with Teaching’s Best Practices
Episode 21 of How the World Learns
Explore ways that teachers and students behave in classrooms across the globe, focusing on what seems to work in a few key systems. Discover why practices that produce a great outcome in one place--such as lengthening the school year--don't necessarily lead to success in another.
How Parents Shape Student Outcomes
Episode 15 of How the World Learns
Explore how parental involvement aligns with socioeconomic status and influences student achievement and education worldwide. See the role "cram schools" in Korea and other private tutoring play in education and the importance of early childhood education on child literacy. Finally, learn how the Japanese system fosters ties between schools and…
Gulf Schools: The Non-National Advantage
Episode 13 of How the World Learns
Look at the "insider" versus the "outsider" in national education systems such as Saudi Arabia to see how education bridges political citizenship, academic performance, and economic productivity. Examine how education is a means for producing citizens who reflect the desired image of a nation's population and its government.
The Rich-and-Poor Learning Cycle
Episode 23 of How the World Learns
How should we measure academic success? By standardized tests and school grades? By transition and mobility within an education system? See how true success in education is a delicate balance between school factors and non-school factors, which can look quite different depending on the context.
The World Learns from Horace Mann
Episode 6 of How the World Learns
Trace how the ideologies of mass education emerged in the U.S. and became central tenets of education around the world. Survey the ideas of key educational thinkers such as Horace Mann and James Bryant Conant, then consider why, despite its strengths, the U.S. might be ranked low relative to international…
Sputnik Launches the Science-Math Race
Episode 2 of How the World Learns
Dating back to Sputnik in the 1950s, education culture has been driven by anxiety. Learn about the history of "crisis" in U.S. education before investigating how America's educational system compares with schools and students in other countries. Focus on TIMSS in particular, which tracks mathematics and science achievement in about…
Asking For It - The Ethics & Erotics of Sexual Consent
The line between sexual consent and sexual coercion is not always as clear as it seems -- and according to Harry Brod, this is exactly why we should approach our sexual interactions with great care. Brod, a professor of philosophy and leader in the pro-feminist men's movement, offers a unique…