Compared to the countries with more successful education systems in the world, how is the U. The answer is not very well. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development just released a very revealing report on low-performing students in the countries that participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment survey. In places like Hong Kong, Shanghai, South Korea, and Vietnam, fewer than 5 percent of year-old students performed below the basic-proficiency level in reading, mathematics and science.
Differences in East Asian and U.S. Education Systems
It is not an uncommon belief that Chinese students are smarter than their American counterparts. Education experts, psychologists, and scientists have hypothesized and studied why Chinese students often outperform American students. Part of the answer lies in the foundational beliefs about the purpose of education. In China, learning aims to accumulate knowledge.
Education systems and learning styles vary across regions, countries, and cultures. The United States has a very different education system than countries in East Asia, like China, Korea, and Vietnam, where most of our international students hail from. Adjusting to a new style of learning, with different expectations and outcomes is difficult to anyone, especially if you are a teenager experiencing a completely foreign culture for the first time.
Racism didn't end in education with the Brown vs Board of Education decision in to equalize race in schools. If fact, studies show that "the U. Although the separation of races is deemed unconstitutional, the U. Department of Education has found other ways, e. America, disproportionality is a growing problem in the field of education.