- ix, 185 pages ; 23 cm.
- Contents: Why it's crucial to learn from world-class nations in education -- Education in Finland: the closest we can get to a utopian system -- From a third-world to a first-world nation: education in Singapore made it happen -- Japan: always on top in education -- High test scores come at a high price: education in South Korea -- China's success in education: is this nation really that good? -- Learning from Canada: a top-performing country similar to the United States -- Estonia: a new world leader in international testing -- From excellence to mediocrity: the decline of the education system in the United States -- A plan for a better educational system.Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: The world's highest scoring students focuses on how various countries transformed their school systems into the world's leading systems of education. Hani Morgan covers eight countries: Finland, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, China, Canada, Estonia, and the United States. His book offers ideas on how the United States can improve its school system so that it can regain its status as the world's undisputed leader in education. In addition to offering a brief historical context for each country, Morgan describes important practices that helped these nations achieve stellar results in international testing. Some of the subjects covered include teacher preparation programs, cultural attitudes toward education, and teacher recruitment practices. His book differs from other texts on this topic because he describes in detail the most recent practices that various educational systems have used to maintain top academic performance and the strategies others have implemented to climb to the top. The world's highest scoring students offers a new perspective on this topic in several ways. This book provides a balanced view of the highest-ranking nations in education, offering the outstanding practices they use to achieve stellar results but also pointing out the problems they endure. In addition, Morgan discusses various controversies about international tests, including the limitations of using these tests to evaluate students.