Front CoverMy most recent project consists of a book I co-edited titled The World Leaders in Education: Lessons from the Successes and Drawbacks of Their Methods. I authored the introductory and concluding chapters of the book, and various authors wrote the other chapters. This book explores the practices and policies that the highest-ranking nations in education implement to achieve their success. Topics include the education of disadvantaged students, cultural attitudes toward education, teacher preparation, and teacher salaries.

Eight countries are examined: China, Japan, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Finland, and the United States. The United States is discussed for several reasons, including its large number of strong performers on international tests and its notable history in education. The book looks at both the successes and the failings of these nations, and also mentions the possibilities and limitations of implementing the practices of world-class nations in education in areas where students tend to perform poorly on tests like the PISA.

This book may be used for undergraduate and graduate courses on educational policy and international education. It differs from similar books published in previous years in several ways. First, it offers the most recent trends in each of the countries included. World-class nations in education often make important gains as others decline or stagnate, and new leaders emerge. Second, a unique roster of contributors with expertise in their respective regions provides new insights into this most important subject. Many authors are native to the country they are covering, and others have extensive experience and expertise regarding their region. The authors’ perspectives on the practices enabling each selected country to achieve impressive results in education will undoubtedly influence educational leaders from around the world.


Chapter 1
What World-Class Nations in Education Do That Makes Them So Good
Hani Morgan

Chapter 2
Ethos of Equality: Finnish Educational Policy and Practice
Riitta Jyrhämä and Katriina Maaranen

Chapter 3
Schooling in the United States: What We Learn from International Assessments
of Reading and Math Literacy
William G. Brozo and Sarah Crain

Chapter 4
The High-Achieving Educational System of Japan
Lawrence Baines and Mano Yasuda

Chapter 5
Education in Canada: Separate but Similar Systems in the Pursuit of Excellence and Equity
Jason D. Edgerton, Lance W. Roberts, and Veronika Eliasova

Chapter 6
South Korea’s Education: A National Obsession
Michael J. Seth

Chapter 7
Success in Singapore: A Model for Excellence in Education
Vivien Geneser and Hsiao-ping Wu

Chapter 8
Education in New Zealand: Maintaining Quality in an Era of Change
Michael Forret and Logan Moss

Chapter 9
Reconciling Fairness with Efficiency: Reforming the Chinese Examination System
Andreas Schleicher and Yan Wang

Chapter 10
What We Can Learn from High-Ranking Nations in Education
Hani Morgan