High school students in Asia often do better than American students on international math and science tests. Experts say 1 is because schools in countries like China and South Korea do better at preparing students to take tests. Yet some of these 2 countries want to learn what makes American students good at 3 and critical thinking.
Evan Glazer, the principal of Thomas Jefferson High School in America, says the school 4 science and math with literature and other liberal arts.
EVAN GLAZER: “Curriculum, when it’s seen within one 5 context, you’re really just 6 knowledge and skills. But if you want to look at the complexity of real problems and 7 solutions, it requires people to come at them from different 8. And so we foster (培养) a lot of team teaching, 9 with teachers from different 10 so that, when they’re offering challenges to students, that they have 11 view-points as they approach problems.”
He points out that as East Asian countries consider greater 12 for their schools, American education is 13 in the opposite direction. Most states have recently approved 14 standards in math and reading.
Evan Glazer: “In China and in Korea there is a strong interest in trying to get students to be more creative. And in America there is a strong interest in standardization. And, you know, the reality is we don’t operate 15 . It’s trying to find that right balance."
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