In India, students compete for admission into cram schools, where they study intensively in order to compete for admission into India's highly regarded technology colleges. Their families pay as much as $1,500 a year for this opportunity, which, for many, is a great hardship. In Korea and Japan, students attend after-school classes to boost their chances for college admission.A good read.
In the U.S., by contrast, school districts and philanthropists are embarking on ever-more elaborate efforts to persuade students to care about school and to learn basic skills.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Diane Ravitch on student performance pay
In Forbes Diane Ravitch weighs in on the debate around paying students for good performance (like the District's Capital Gains program) in an editorial titled We Shouldn't Pay Kids To Learn: