Are we dumb or is the study dumb? / Jsme hlupaci my nebo nekdo jiny? Are we dumb or is the study dumb? | Czechmatediary

Are we dumb or is the study dumb? / Jsme hlupaci my nebo nekdo jiny?

owl eyes / http://www.billfrymire.comThe new study seems to put a shame on many countries including the Czech Republic. When it comes to the quality of education it ended up on the 19th place, while the neighboring Poland stands proudly on the 10th place.

But before you start throwing ashes on yourself, think logically. The article did not give us any details on how the study was done. For example, did they take in account the size and the number of citizens in each country? Were all of the tests optimized before they compared the scores??

As far as I am concerned, I will keep my ashes for something else…for now.

Quality of educational systems

1. South Korea/Jižní Korea
2. Japan/ Japonsko
3. Singapur
4. Hong Kong
5. Finland/ Finsko
6. Great Briatin/ Velká Británie
7. Kanada
8. Netherlands/ Nizozemsko
9. Ireland/ Irsko
10. Poland/ Polsko
11. Denmark/ Dánsko
12. Germany/ Německo
13. Russia/ Rusko
14. USA
15. Austrálie
16. New Zealand/ Nový Zéland
17. Izrael
18. Belgium/ Belgie
19. Czech Republic/ Česká republika
20. Switzeland / Švýcarsko

CZ: Nova studie o kvalite vzdelani zahanbila nejen USA, ale take nasi Ceskou republiku. Nez na sebe ale zacnete hazet popel, vsimnete si, ze vubec nevime, jak byla ta studie provedena (meli pri ruce nejakeho statistika? Byly testy pred porovnavanim znormalizovany? Brali v povedomi pocet obyvatel v kazde zemi??).

Source: http://www.novinky.cz/zahranicni/evropa/335708-nejlepsi-vzdelani-na-svete-ma-jizni-korea-cesko-skoncilo-hluboko-pod-polskem.html

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sean May 17, 2014 at 2:36 am

Well you didn’t link to the study, but Czechia scored better than US in PISA in problem solving http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/PISA-2012-PS-snapshot-performance.pdf

In mathematics, Czechs scored 499, US 481

I reading, Czechs score 493, US 498

In science, Czechs score 508 US 497

PISA likely has its faults, countries like China seem to game the system, but it is generally the most comprehensive comparison of OECD countries.

As far as “quality” of education studies go, there are all sorts of mushy and political variables in there I don’t pay much heed to.

Tanja May 18, 2014 at 8:57 pm

I know, my link function does not work but I did put the link below my article as a ‘source’.
I will check out your study – it looks more balanced. Thanks!

V.Green May 22, 2014 at 1:27 am

If UK is in the 6th place there is something definitely wrong with this ‘study’!

Tanja May 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

Haha! Where would you like it to be? First place?

V.Green May 23, 2014 at 3:19 am

UK should be at the bottom of the list not Czech Republic.

Tanja May 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Really?? Is the education in the UK that bad?

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