I'm an Ex-Academic, with special interest in Early Modern Europe. My (unfinished) dissertation was on academic traditionalism in 17th century Spain. I'm currently a history teacher and a school administrator. I've lived along the Atlantic Seaboard and spent a fair amount of time traveling in Germany, the U.K., Spain, and India.
Education Week: U.S. Must Learn From International Peers, Report Says
U.S. educators seem, in my view, to be pretty reluctant to look at other national school systems to seek improvements. A recent article
in Education Week looks at the need for us to move away from our myopic vision and start looking abroad. The article rightly points out some of the statistical difficulties in doing this, but I still think the idea is solid. Places like Finland and Singapore seem to be doing some really interesting things and it'd be a mistake to ignore their experiences.