Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2007.
Book — 209 p. cm.
Three educational systems in three social contexts
Understanding why school achievement varies
Comparing academic performance in Cuba and other Latin American countries
The long road from curriculum construction to student learning
Opportunity to learn and teaching patterns
Appendix A: Production function estimates of student achievement in Latin America, by country
Appendix B: Definitions of terms used in
chapter 6 and task analysis guide.
In this book, Martin Carnoy explores the surprising success of the Cuban educational system, where the average elementary school student learns much more than her Latin American peers. In developing the case for Cuba's supportive social context and centralized management of education, Carnoy asks important questions about educational systems in general. How responsible should government be for creating environments that encourage academic achievement? How much autonomy should teachers and schools have over their classrooms? Is there an inherent trade off between promoting individual choice and a better system of schooling? "Cuba's Academic Advantage" challenges many prevailing views about educational markets, school and teacher autonomy, decentralized decision-making, and government responsibility for children's social and economic welfare. (source: Nielsen Book Data)