U.S. Students Need More Time in School

Last month on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, he and his panelists, including New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, former NYC Department of Education Chancellor Joel Klein, Teach for All CEO Wendy Kopp, Khan Academy Co-Founder Sal Khan, discussed why they thought U.S. students lagged behind other countries on the recent PISA tests. Friedman highlighted the amount of collaboration and planning time built into the school day for teachers in Shanghai while Zakaria pointed to learning time, demonstrating that over a 10 year timeframe a student in Shanghai goes to school an additional 500 days more than a student in a Massachusetts school. Watch the segment here.