The United States has always bragged about being the best, however, when it comes to the teaching of math and reading they aren’t even in the top five, as of 2011. Some countries that out perform the US in reading are Finland, Hong Kong, and Singapore. But there are other countries that aren’t better than the US that we can learn different ways to teach a more productive reading style.
In an article from the Washington Post, they wrote about how Singapore and Finland do reading right. Singapore used to track their students progress through testing. They have more recently started moving towards a more creative learning, and they have given more incentive for teachers and education. One thing that Singapore has though that America doesn’t is a small amount of students. Finland, unlike Asian countries, assigns less homework and encourages more creative play. They focus on the equality of their students and doesn’t encourage competition. Also, teachers are very important. They must have at least a master’s degree, get generous pay, and are given a lot of responsibility.
Laura Lambert wrote an article that focuses on what other countries do right in teaching reading. China, for one, fosters the love of reading in people from a young age in a program called The Stone Soup Happy Reading Alliance (SSHRA). They have a three step approach, 1) have a lot of books available, 2) have time to read, and 3) faculty/staff who love to read themselves. Another country that teaches reading in an interesting way is South Korea. They teach their students how to read in another language (English) in the third grade. Being able to read in another language is a boost to a child’s brain and can help later in life by making it quicker, better able to resolve conflicts, and many more things.
Many countries have different ways of teaching different subjects. If these ways of educating where taken into consideration, or maybe integrated into the United States then it could help improve their stance worldwide, maybe in even more than just reading.Tags: Books education language reading view World