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This extraordinary book could not be more timely or more important . . . This collection makes clear that, if we actually want to create high-quality schools for all children in the United States, our strategies must emulate the best of what has been accomplished in public education both here and abroad. --From the Foreword by Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University

This book shines because it offers what is central to school reform: a commitment to having wonderful teachers through the intentional elevation of the status of this career, selective recruiting, smart preparation and ongoing support of professional autonomy. Marc and company offer those of us in colleges of education a lot to think about and a lot to do. --Mari Koerner, dean, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

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How would one redesign American education to take advantage of everything that has been learned by the countries with the world’s best education systems?

In this groundbreaking book, Marc S. Tucker and his colleagues offer a close examination of five high-performing education systems—Shanghai, Finland, Japan, Singapore, and Canada—and synthesize their findings into an action plan for the United States.

“This extraordinary book could not be more timely or more important . . . This collection makes clear that, if we actually want to create high-quality schools for all children in the United States, our strategies must emulate the best of what has been accomplished in public education both here and abroad.” —From the Foreword by Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University

Surpassing Shanghai should be on the reading list of everyone who aspires to improve American education. The message is clear: If we are serious, we have to stop simply comparing California to Connecticut to Kansas. It’s time to swim in deeper water with Singapore, Ontario, Japan, and others who are eating our lunch.” — John Merrow, education correspondent, PBS NewsHour and president, Learning Matters

“This book shines because it offers what is central to school reform: a commitment to wonderful teachers. It offers those of us in colleges of education a lot to think about—and a lot to do.” — Mari Koerner, Dean, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

“Tucker and his colleagues challenge us to ask why the U.S. is pursuing a reform agenda that differs markedly from what other advanced countries have found essential for creating good schools—high quality teachers, fair funding, and coherence in the system of education. After reading this book, one is left with the question: Is the U.S. so unique that an agenda so different from that of other countries can improve our schools?” — Jack Jennings, president and CEO, Center on Education Policy

“Marc Tucker has assembled revealing descriptions of the ascent of Shanghai, Finland, Japan, Singapore, and Canada to the highest levels of international achievement in education. The book crystallizes the successful practices and patterns emerging from these top performers and then ‘takes the gloves off’ to contrast the efforts of high-achieving countries with current reform thinking in the U.S. . . . My big takeaway from Surpassing Shanghai is that success will come down to our collective will and our sustained commitment to thoughtful systems reform.” — Gene Wilhoit, executive director, Council of Chief State School Officers

Marc S. Tucker is president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, where he created the National Institute for School Leadership, America’s Choice, and the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Education Press (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612501036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612501031
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard Goldsmith on January 26, 2012
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I just starting reading this book a few days ago, but so enjoy how the book approaches the subject of "the world leading educational systems." The author examines the educational systems of Shanghai, Finland, Japan, Singapore, and Canada. Surpassing Shanghai is well written, extremely reflective, and critical in an effective manner. The website, Edutopia, just put out several films on the aforementioned school systems. We (as Americans) need to glean from these systems and beat them as this game we call "education"---sooner, rather than later.
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A must-read for anyone seriously interested in improving American education by learning from those who do a much better job than we do. It is quintessentially Marc Tucker. Congratulations for another thought-provoking publication that demonstrates clearly what we should be doing today to ensure this country's future through education.
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By Troy on July 22, 2014
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Outstanding read. The principles espoused in this report are perhaps the most important and most powerful coherent points of reference we can have in our effort to create excellent school systems in the United States.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 26, 2012
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The author Mark Tucker is the president of the National Center for Education and the Economy, and this book is very much in the spirit of the excellent work that NCEE has done over the years. Not only are the suggestions thoughtful, well supported, and compelling, but the book lays out an articulate model for how to approach the task of figuring out what works in educational reform and policy. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to be informed on the best thinking in education reform, whether one is a teacher, administrator, policy-maker, businessperson, or just interested in the success of the U.S. education system.
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By Daniella on August 2, 2014
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Great book. Very good and easy read.
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