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The 13 most innovative schools in the world. Mathias Eis Schultz Ørestad Gymnasium is one giant classroom, where more than 1,100 high school students spend half their time learning in an expansive glass cube — a "gymnasium," as parts of Europe still call secondary schools — to avoid traditional instruction. By encouraging students to collaborate in wide-open settings, the school hopes kids will be equipped to think flexibly on diverse topics later in life. "We want to have teaching where the students make research and work together in solving real problems," headmaster Allan Kjær Andersen tells Tech Insider.

"So we want to be an open school that is in connection with the outside world. " The open spaces, which are adorned with equally spacious "drums" for a more relaxed learning environment, encourage students to assume an active role in their own education. "It's not enough to give them knowledge, you also have to give them a way of transforming knowledge into action," Andersen says. In Japan, School Lunch is About More Than Just Food. What the US could learn from Singapore about making teachers better.

For teachers in Singapore to advance in their career, they must make sure their students learn.

What the US could learn from Singapore about making teachers better

They also have to help their fellow teachers get better. This model of collaborative professional development is one way other countries are doing a better job than the United States at improving the skills of educators. While the US spends billions of dollars a year for occasional workshops on the latest technology or curriculum trends, there's almost no evidence to suggest that the model works. A new study from the National Center on Education and the Economy explores teacher professional development in three countries with excellent education outcomes — Shanghai, Singapore, and British Columbia.

The report found that unlike in the United States, in these countries teaching is much more like other careers, where advancement is expected and interaction with other professionals is expected for growth. How teaching is different from other careers — and why it's a problem Shutterstock. There’s fear of math. And then there’s fear of ‘Russian math’ There’s fear of math.

There’s fear of math. And then there’s fear of ‘Russian math’

And then there’s fear of Russian math, a private K-12 enrichment program cofounded by an immigrant in her Newton dining room in 1997. It has since grown to 32 locations in nine states and an online program and along the way earned such a reputation for intensity that some parents use it as a threat. “If your attitude doesn’t improve,” Mary Lewis-Pierce of Jamaica Plain told her fourth-grader, “I’m sending you to Russian math.”

Advertisement By her own admission, Lewis-Pierce has no firsthand knowledge, but she’s heard about Russian-math-induced tears. “I picture mean Russian women teaching math in some gulag,” she said. Let’s say right up front that while class time and homework for high schoolers taking Russian math can top six hours a week, there are no gulags. But what is Russian math, anyway? It is more of an approach than an entirely new kind of math. Some parents send their children for extra math because they fear they aren’t strong enough in the subject. In Japan, School Lunch is About More Than Just Food.


School Days Around the World Infographic. School Infographics School Days Around the World Infographic School Days Around the World Infographic The School Days Around the World Infographic looks at the differences between elementary/primary education systems across the globe.

School Days Around the World Infographic

A sample of countries across Europe,Asia and Africa has been taken in order to compare aspects such as school starting times, the age children begin attending school and national curriculum subjects alongside an interesting, unique fact about regular school life in those countries. The countries sampled in the School Days Around the World Infographic include the UK, Finland, France, Switzerland, China, South Korea, Brazil and Ghana. From looking at the School Days Around the World Infographic one can really see how despite education being a universal system, each country provides an entirely unique experience to its pupils, some being better than others, which might help us figure out what’s best for children all over the world.

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