Academic Success For Every StudentFollowing are quotes from Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers. What he says about the “superiority” of Asian education makes sense: There’s nothing wrong with American education; there’s just not enough time spent on it. He says that Koreans spend 220 days in school, and Japanese spend 243, compared with our 180. But not at Indian Hills. With our schedule, students have 240 days of math and English a year – more than Korea, and almost as much as Japan.
“An enormous amount of time is spent talking about reducing class size, rewriting curricula, buying every student a shiny new laptop, and increasing school funding – all of which assumes that there is something fundamentally wrong with the job schools are doing. But . . . Schools work. The only problem with school, for the kids who aren’t achieving, is that there isn’t enough of it” (259).
“The school year in the United States is, on average, 180 days long. The South Korean school year is 220 days long. The Japanese school year is 243 days long” (260).