Education trends from abroad are gaining cachet as political and educational leaders strive to bring American schools in line with the demands of the 21st-century global economy, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Researchers cite effective practices from places as varied as Finland, Korea, Australia, Singapore, and Switzerland. When it comes to improving education, "there's a globalism in the perspective of ... the high-achieving countries, [and] they're all talking about each other," says Linda Darling-Hammond, an education professor at Stanford University. "It's an important change that there's some interest in that now" in the U.S., she says. Yet observers caution that


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