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Which Countries Have The Best Education?

Which Countries Have The Best Education?

Over the past few years, the United States
and other western countries have seen a trend of teachers quitting their jobs. Among their
chief complaints is an overwhelming focus on standardized testing, and the feeling that
their professional opinions are ignored. Perhaps as a result, the US was 29th in the most recent
rankings of countries by education. So we wanted to know, which countries have the best
education, and what are they doing right? In 2015, the OECD released a report on Universal
Basic Skills, including one of the largest global education rankings. A substantial portion
of the ranking is based on an international assessment of reading, mathematics, and science
literacy, called PISA. Now, since the year 2000, Finland has topped most international
education lists, especially based on PISA scores. But this year’s ranking, places
Finland sixth worldwide. And while that’s partially the result of declining Finish test
scores, it is much more so because a number of East Asian countries have come to dominate
the list. In fact, all top five countries are located
in and around East Asia: Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. And they’re
all relatively wealthy nations, who share similar views on education. Succeeding in
school is culturally stressed as a priority, and has an enormous impact on future prospects.
This leads to intense competition, and subsequently higher overall scores. But in contrast to
less effective education systems, these top ranking countries heavily invest in their
teachers. For example, number one ranked Singapore is known for providing bonuses to well performing
teachers, and attracts qualified instructors with competitive salaries. And as a number of Asian countries continue
to see rapid economic growth, having a strong education system is integral to future economic
success. Looking at the far end of education rankings, Ghana had the lowest secondary school
enrollment rate of countries surveyed, as well as the lowest PISA scores. The OECD has
predicted that if Ghana could meet universal basic skill goals, they could see their GDP
rise 38 times higher over the lifetime of a child born today. They also point out that
when a nation’s population is uneducated, it equates to lost economic output, and can
lead to a permanent economic recession as a result. Additionally, in countries like the UK, one
in five children finish school without a basic level of education. Similarly in the US, around
two-thirds of nine and ten year olds cannot yet read at their grade level. Some point
to an emphasis on “repetitive rote learning”, rather than actual education. This is often
the difference between hands on instruction, and standardized test-based goals. The latter
has shown to fail both students and teachers. Education is one of the most important criteria
for determining the present and future health of a nation. And while not every country has
the resources or cultural emphasis for successful modes of teaching, it is clear that governments
should be treating education as an extremely high priority. Sex education, on the other hand, is not always
given priority by countries like the U.S. To find out which countries are actually teaching
sex education right, check out our video. Thanks for tuning in to TestTube News! Don’t
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100 comments on “Which Countries Have The Best Education?

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  2. Cmon these are not only countries with top education, because they only study of school, they mug up things and score good

  3. I was just reading the comments and some of the countries can use calculators wtf? That’s so dam lucky. The only reason I’m getting low marks is because of calculations mistake and they are still getting low marks despite using calculators is truly ignorance

  4. Most students from the countries on the list go to school at 7~8 am and go home from cram school at 8~9 pm. Then they still have to study at home. Are those places still the best?? I doubt about it

  5. I'm Indian.. Education here is also tough but not like these countries.. Their education is far far tough..
    Limited time and limited Education is important.. I always used to think that how much we have to study… But now I would say I'm OK with my school.. Stress isn't here… We enjoy… Students should get time for enjoyment also..

  6. yeah asian countries have the best education system but the stress and torture comes with it too, its not easy and every day u can see a student ending their life because of this. what is wrong with the world when u have to teach a person to be happy but instead they teach them how to be a robot.

  7. So interesting that Chinese always think America have the best education, and it seems that Americans think Asia have the best education.

  8. I personally don't love Finland and Switzerland education I think they have it too easy it's good to have fun while learning but you also need formulas, dates, Standerize tests. I also don't love China and Korean education system where it's basically a concentration camp (pun intended) it destroys a kids creativity/willingness to learn. A good blend of both types should be good.

  9. Education doesn’t mean school. A life lesson is education. When someone goes to school, we call that person scholarized.

  10. I’m an American student and I’m currently learning many things that encourage me to expand my mind. My education has prompted me to learn things that may not be in my curriculum but in my future.

  11. As a student and citizen of Hong Kong . I can say that if you don't pass Hkdse , you have no bright future

  12. Title: countries with the best and smartest students. BS half these country actually dont have a great 'school education system'. Its the truth

  13. Funny how the comments on how bad sg’s education system is , are from a year or 2 ago.
    Moe def realises something, and they have Been making changes lol

  14. The reason the "best" universities are in the US is because the tuition is really expensive and they can therefore fund more research πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

  15. Asian countries are best when it comes to studying but if you wanna live a life and enjoy it then not so much

  16. In my country it depends on which school and the place you live in. I always went to a private school and the only thing everyone cares about is getting a good score in the final exam and goofing around. That is why we are not high on that list I guess.

  17. India has a really high rate of competition but our education system sucks at some places . Maybe because of large population , competition get tougher each year . For medical entrance examinations , almost 13 lakhs candidates appears every year competing for only about 60,000 MBBS seats in government colleges . I mean this is insane man πŸ™Œ .

  18. The reason the top 10 countries have highER suicide rates than other countries is cuz they have a smaller population
    Plus the students are exposed to more stress, leading to higher expectations and increased competitiveness
    Honestly this really is a good thing
    Without the stress that we are exposed to we will not be able to be anywhere near the top 10 spot. We need the stress to filter out the strong and persevering students from the weak

  19. I am 12 years old and I live in Hong Kong, it may have one of the best educations but keeping you at school from 7:45am-6:00pm then having extra activities after school until 9:00pm or 10:00pm is the worst. The government already said to give less homework and bring less books to school but they never change, students from P.1-S.6 are already having more than 5 homeworks in weekdays and more than 10 homeworks on weekends. The last time I weighed my bag it was 4.5kg. We literally have to stay up until 1am in the morning to study and do our homework. Also, having at least 1 dictation a week. This is too much. Extra activities at night is so tiring that we don't have time to eat our dinner at the right time, it always have to be at 9:30pm or 10:00pm. Just bring me to Finland. ;-;

  20. I live in Finland. πŸ’• It’s good enough lol

    I just dislike my Swedish teacher, he has tests and stuff going on all the time

    😒 But my English and math and physics/health education/chemistry teachers are nice πŸ˜…

  21. I'm a Singaporean student, and although we may be the first in education, our stress levels are really high, and some of us can't even catch up. To be honest, even though I'm in the first class, some topics are REALLY hard, and the education we receive is very competitive. Full of exams. Like in P6, we have something called PSLE (Primary Six Leaving Exam), which decides what secondary school we go to. Same for secondary school. We have O levels and A levels, and in university we have to take up a lot of subjects. So even though we are the first in education, we are also the first in stress level.

  22. As an Indian I like united states education system . in india exams are soo tough that graduate from south Korea can't even solve the entrance exam for IIT engineering or medical entrance exam. So just google it worlds top tougher exams.

  23. I’m a Singaporean and I can tell you that I’m SUPER stress now,I’m 11. I can’t believe what it’s like in University. Every year, 3-4 people commit suicide there! It must be really stressful for them;-;

  24. Want to see something surprising A teacher from the USA ( music) made it as a top 10 teacher out of something it ture cause it my music teacher in NYC

  25. I’m from Singapore and I got nothing against the Singapore education system, but I remember a kid tryna commit suicide outside my class during primary school, so the stress and competition is real here.

  26. You can't compare actually. And at some point your ranking is losing various points.
    Education is depend upon Population.
    Education is also selective. In India we have religion based education.

    our education system is so toxic even though we're so close to Singapore geographically, the 1st on this lists

  28. NAtional ZIonist J E W school curriculum
    In the early 1950s, the Reece Commission uncovered minutes from the "Carnegie Endowment for International Peace", dated 1910; the minutes reveal that the Carnegie trustees asked themselves this question: β€œIs there anyway known to man more effective than war to so alter the life of an entire people?”

    Fast forward ten (10) years and the "Carnegie Endowment for International Peace", meeting minutes, shift their interest over to preventing what they call, "a reversion of life in the United States prior to 1914, with initiation of World War I". At that point, they come to the conclusion that, to prevent a reversion, we must control education.

    The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace approached the Rockefeller Foundation with a suggestion:
    Domestic education would be handled by the Rockefeller Foundation
    International education would be handled by the Carnegie Endowment

  29. I am telling you any students who went through the entire Asia style education system and survive with a healthy mental health is a real deal.

  30. 5 years on from this video the UK has improved its educational system by introducing a stricter national curriculum. Everything has improved statically.

  31. A lot of Asian countries, including China and Japan have rote learning and frequent testing as key components of their education systems. Finland has a small education bureaucracy, Only the best students get into education courses and teachers are not allowed to teach outside their area of expertise.

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