Surpassing Shanghai

“This extraordinary book could not be more timely or more important…This collection makes clear that, if we actually want to create high-quality schools for all children in the United States, our strategies must emulate the best of what has been accomplished in public education both here and abroad.” -from the foreword by Linda Darling-Hammond Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University

Surpassing Shanghai should be on the reading list of everyone who aspires to improve American education. The message is clear: If we are serious, we have to stop simply comparing California to Connecticut or Kansas. It’s time to swim in deeper water with Singapore, Ontario, Japan, and others who are eating our lunch.” -John Merrow, education correspondent PBS NewsHour and president, Learning Matters

“This book shines because it offers what is central to school reform: a commitment to wonderful teachers. It offers those of us in colleges of education a lot to think about–and a lot to do.” -Mari Koerner, dean, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

“Tucker and his colleagues challenge us to ask why the U.S. is pursuing a reform agenda that differs markedly from what other advanced countries have found essential for creating good schools–hig quality teachers, fair funding, and coherence in the system of education. After reading this book, one is left with the question: Is the U.S. so unique that an agenda so different from that of other countries can improve our schools?” -Jack Jennings, president and CEO, Center on Education Policy

“Marc Tucker has assembled revealing descriptions of the ascent of Shanghai, Finland, Japan, Singapore, and Canada to the highest levles of international achievement in education. The book crystallizes the successful practices and patterns emerging from these top performers and then ‘takes the gloves off’ to contrast the efforts of high-achieving countries with current reform thinking in the U.S…. My big takeaway from Surpassing Shanghai is that success will come down to our collective will and our sustained commitment to thoughtful systems reform.” -Gene Wilhoit, executive director, Council of Chief State School Officers

Who else is talking about Surpassing Shanghai:

Book Review: Surpassing Shanghai, School Administrator

Shanghai may have the right idea when it comes to training teachers, The State Journal

5 ways to save American education, Washington Post, Jay Mathews, Washington Post

U.S. school excuses challenged, Washington Post, Jay Mathews, Washington Post

Jack Jennings: Have we Gotten It Wrong on School Reform, Jack Jennings, Huffington Post

Review of Surpassing Shanghai, Teachers College Record

Is the secret to Finnish schools Finns or is there something for America to learn?, Maureen Downey’s Get Schooled Blog

Education book: New standards in a new world, Bruce Walsh, Metro

Surpassing Shanghai: What Can We Learn From the World’s Best-Performing Education Systems?, School Leadership Briefing

Thomas Friedman and ‘Surpassing Shanghai’ on Fixing Schools, Kenneth Terrell, Education Writers Association

Average Is Officially Over, Jason Koebler, U.S. News and World Report

Surpassing Shanghai, Part 1; Surpassing Shanghai: Why Finland Works ; Surpassing Shanghai: Universal Effort in Japan; Surpassing Shanghai: Education and Economics in Singapore; Michael Diedrich, The Minnesota 2020 Blog

Surpassing Shanghai: Chapter 1, John Bernia The Principal’s Principles

Ten things we can learn from high performing education systems in other countries. Mike McNeff, Mr. McNeff Blog


Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems

Now available in multiple languages, including Chinese.