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Document Number: 9408

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: An American Agenda for Education Reform - This paper responds to a question: What would the education policies and practices of the U.S. be if they were based on the policies and practices of the countries that now lead the world in student performance? It is adapted from the last two chapters of a book to be published in September 2011 by Harvard Education Press. Other chapters in that book describe the specific strategies pursued by Canada (focusing on Ontario), China (focusing on Shanghai), Finland, Japan, and Singapore, all of which are far ahead of the U.S. The research on these countries was performed by a team assembled by the National Center on Education and the Economy, at the request of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (National Center on Education and the Economy, May 2011)...


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