a. curriculum – what’s required of everyone? where is there differentiation (different tracks, electives, special programs for different kinds of students)?, who determines curriculum?
b. education logistics – when does schooling begin and how long does it last (is it the same for everyone)? how long is the school day? year? how are schools organized? what kinds of standardized tests are given and how often?
c. education culture – how important is education in this culture? how is the teaching profession/schooling viewed? how are families included in educational decisions? how is education talked about in the society?
Countries to choose from:
1. South Korea
2. Hong Kong
5. United Kingdom
7. New Zealand
Place to begin researching:
2. As you find information for your country in each category have someone write that information on the butcher paper I’ll put up around the room. Make sure you identify your country next to any information you write down. For each category you should aim to have at least 3 pieces of information. Focus what you choose to write down - only write what you think is ADMIRABLE about the education system.
3. At the beginning of class Thursday each group will have a few minutes to explain what they admired in the system they researched. You will also have time to walk around and view everything that was written by all the groups and then we will discuss your findings as a class.
Assessment (Quiz Grade)
-Quality/volume of information put on the butcher paper
-Quality/pertinence of information shared with the class orally
-Dedication to the task during work time