The Treasure Hunter

A blog by Joanne Yatvin

Results Of My Efforts to Find the Truth About Successful Education

Although there was much to read about the test results of various countries–and their explanations of why they they were good or bad–I think I got a pretty clear picture of what has happened and why. Today I will do my best to explain the international student testing situation as I see it.

In the first place, I must tell you that I gave very little attention to small countries with few schools because their situations are not normal. For the most part they are able to teach and test only a fraction of their young people, and those are likely to be the wealthiest or the best situated ones. So my examination was only of the large or wealthy countries with many schools that accepted students of all backgrounds.

Secondly, almost all the articles I read included only the opinions of the writers and quotes from important people in various countries. For that reason I tried to eliminate them entirely and consider only factual information such as the differences in numbers of students or school sizes, test scores comparisons, school restrictions on types of students accepted, and the influence of individual, family, area or country wealth.

What this all came down to was my focus on England, China , and the United States and their reports of factual information.


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Yesterday my computer died as I was beginning to write, and I wasn’t able to fix it. However, someone–I think my son, Alan–sneaked in while I was at dinner last night and did the job for me. So, I will begin writing again this morning and–I hope–finish later today. I thank all of you for your patience and support.


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My Request for Help On A Very Important Matter

Dear Readers,

I am not ready to post today because I am still working to find important information that I want to write about. Over the past week I have been reading articles to help me understand why American students have consistently scored lower on international tests than students in other countries. I am not ready to accept the assumption that our children are lazy, stupid, or just poorly taught by their schools. And I certainly do not want to accept the decision of many of our politicians that our schools need to improve drastically in various areas.

Because I still need to read more articles, judge their’s validity, and—I hope— get some help from you readers, I expect to be able to post a piece about what I’ve learned a week from today. Any help from readers would certainly shorten the time needed and improve the quality of my writing.


Joanne The Treasure Hunter


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