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American Mathematical Society: Hurdles to U.S. Tech. Improvement

Why, given what we know about the diversity, interoperability, and dissemination of excellence within our private sector industries, would anyone imagine that the way to improve our centrally planned state school systems would be to centralize control over them even further, at the national level? Should we not perhaps draw the opposite conclusion?

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The OECD’s “Perspective” on Swedish Education

On the 8th grade mathematics portion of TIMSS, Sweden’s rate of decline between 1995 and 2003 was over five points per year. Between 2003 and 2011 it was less than two points per year. Still regrettable, but less grievously so. “Something extreme clearly happened in Sweden in the mid‐​to‐​late 1990s, most probably due to the 1994 national curriculum that emphasised pupil‐​led methods, which decreased teacher‐​led instruction.”