The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at USC produced this interesting infographic:
The US spends the most of any of these nations on education, and comes in ninth in science and tenth in math test scores.
The UK, the next biggest spender, trails right behind.
Who tops those scores? South Korea, Finland, Canada, Japan, Australia, Germany.
Each of those spends less than the US.
What’s the difference? I nominate a few factors:
If we take a lesson away from this chart: the most homogenous nations with the most “nerdly” (focus on hard learning) triumphed, while here in the US we spend up to twice as much per pupil for results we’d expect from a wealthier version of Brazil, Mexico or Russia.
Fifty years ago, we would have clustered in with Japan, Finland, South Korea and Germany.