Shocking headline in the Korea Times today:
I know. I couldn’t believe it either.
Anyway, from the KT:
U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday lauded South Korean students for outperforming American students thanks to the nation’s heavy investment in education.
“South Korean children are outpacing our kids in math and science,” Obama said in a speech at George Washington University to unveil his fiscal policy centering on budget deficit cuts while maintaining heavy investment in education. “They’re scrambling to figure out how they put more money into education.”
Now, not to take anything away from Korea’s investment into education, but I’m guessing Koreans’ performance in math and science probably has more to do with culture and educational priorities than investment. I’m also going to guess that you could put Koreans in the American school system and they’ll still outpace American kids in math and science. I’ll even venture that you can spend all the money you like on non-performing schools and test scores won’t rise without first building a culture that supports educational excellence.