I stumbled across (metaphorically speaking, but literally in an internet sense) this piece of research. An education reporter looks at what American exchange students say is wrong with US schools, based on their own experiences abroad, and breaks it down to three general items:
- The work is harder in schools in top performing countries
- Sports are just a hobby in most other countries
- Culturally, in top performing countries, students see and appreciate the importance of education to their futures
Here is a link to the original article on another blog.
If you read my earlier post on Finland, most of this boils down to #9 on the Finnish list of reasons for success.