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Episode 20 of How the World Learns
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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…
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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.
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Episode 14 of How the World Learns
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