Teaching in the US vs. the rest of the world

Teachers in America have a uniquely tough job. But it doesn't have to be that way.
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From hours worked to pay rates, countries like Finland, Japan, and South Korea make teaching a more respected and sustainable profession.
A Coming Crisis in Teaching?Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.-- The Learning Policy Institute

OECD Pisa Results: www.oecd.org/education/launch-of-pisa-2018-results-paris-december-2019.htm

How teachers in the U.S. and Finland see their jobs-- National Center for Public Education (www.nsba.org/-/media/NSBA/File/cpe-how-teachers-in-the-us-and-finland-see-their-jobs-report-july-2018.pdf?la=en&hash=8BB8003186563CA6873C8849F160400FE6049607www.nsba.org/-/media/NSBA/File/cpe-how-teachers-in-the-us-and-finland-see-their-jobs-report-july-2018.pdf?la=en&hash=8BB8003186563CA6873C8849F160400FE6049607)

OECD Education at a Glance (www.oecd.org/education/education-at-a-glance/)

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  1. Senzo Mpambosi

    Senzo Mpambosi9 timer siden

    As an outsider looking in I am conflicted. Is the US such a wild wild west that they need so much policing of civillians (including kids)? Does every confrontation/argument/insult/offence result in violence? Is all of this "Security" necessary?

  2. Smuckers T

    Smuckers T9 timer siden

    US K-12: Underpays US universities: Overpay$ We must do something right when it comes to universities because the US sure gets a lot of foreigners applying to their universities

  3. Smuckers T

    Smuckers T9 timer siden

    Have not yet watched it but my prediction is that the US way is backwards, inferior, and counter intuitive


    ᏢᏆᏃᏃᎪ ᏩᎾᎠ13 timer siden

    "The usa got lesser scores" Me: its because their asian!

  5. Bryan Masis

    Bryan Masis13 timer siden

    Mayne of you pay teachers better, then youd have more people applying.

  6. s4098429

    s409842914 timer siden

    These comparisons are mute. You said yourself the variations between states are greater than the variations between nations. It’d be helpful to think of the USA as a continent rather than a country. Finland and NZ a little more than a single city, HongKong and Singapore are literally a single city. Your comparing apples to oranges Vox. Maybe spend more time critically thinking about the issue and less time playing with cardboard cutouts would result in better journalism and a more mature discussion. Nothing will change otherwise.

  7. Tulip

    Tulip15 timer siden

    Ok, US education is broken, now please explain why the US doesn’t change

  8. Akihiko Sanada

    Akihiko Sanada14 timer siden

    We don't need to, everyone already knows the obvious answer is greed, corruption, and ignorance.

  9. Jennifer Lambert

    Jennifer Lambert15 timer siden

    How many countries have large immigrant populations like the US? And how did these non-native speakers affect the education system?

  10. warrdog _

    warrdog _19 timer siden

    Us schools Are only good fór memes

  11. Cheetahjammerplays AJ

    Cheetahjammerplays AJ21 time siden

    That’s why I’m planning to move out of the country to start a family at 30 to have better lives

  12. Anu Heinonen

    Anu HeinonenDag siden

    I saw the name sofia and hoped it would be finnish and it was! Suomi perkele🇫🇮🇫🇮🇫🇮

  13. max2082

    max2082Dag siden

    Sounds like someone wants more money to do less work. Ain't nothing new.

  14. Amiel Singo

    Amiel SingoDag siden

    torilla tavataan? no no no koululla tavataan

  15. Kim Crank

    Kim CrankDag siden

    As a public school high school teacher, students are lazier and standards have been lowered across the state to make data look good. We get "penalized" on our school report card from the state if student's don't finish high school in 4 years. I am judged by how students perform on a test I am not allowed to look out. Discipline has gone out the window! Somehow it is all my fault if a student sits in class and refuses to do an assignment. Please understand this is not ALL students.

  16. 우아람

    우아람Dag siden

    Just for my experiences in Korea, the students usually study a lot more after the school hours so that’s why usually the test scores are higher... not a great example to use for the better education quality...

  17. Arved Ludwig

    Arved LudwigDag siden

    PISA is overrated. The students in western countries give a flying f*** about it since it's not a grade that's relevant to their school career.

  18. Braydon N

    Braydon NDag siden

    Do what Australia did. Raise their wage.

  19. Cyber Death

    Cyber DeathDag siden

    Kabhi INDIA aao

  20. Kotka

    KotkaDag siden

    How do I reech thees keeds?

  21. HardWarUK

    HardWarUKDag siden

    Finland wins every award every year, and yet is never copied any any other nation.

  22. Mike John

    Mike JohnDag siden

    American students do not respect teachers in the first place compared to other countries!!!

  23. SoCalFreelance

    SoCalFreelanceDag siden

    So why is our government giving the apartheid regime in israel billions of dollars every year? >_>

  24. Japan D

    Japan DDag siden

    Japan's also faced such a shortage of teacher problem. Childminde's situation is also harsh. I guess politician thought childminder and teacher as a carrot that is infinitely harvested from field.

  25. Julia Cooke

    Julia CookeDag siden


  26. joey .k

    joey .kDag siden

    I have an idea spend less on security make tighter gun-control so this way soon as can't get guns spend more on instructional resources and we'll do better that's all we have to do

  27. Nutshell Bread

    Nutshell BreadDag siden

    Bruh it says that my school has 9 hours a day, when in reality we have 7

  28. Karen O

    Karen ODag siden

    I quit teaching. You couldn't give a B everybody had to have As.

  29. ben flamini

    ben flamini2 dager siden

    No homework in finland

  30. Nicholas Sanchez

    Nicholas Sanchez2 dager siden

    I'm Peruvian and seeing a big country with a worst education.... Ironic

  31. samtoo2010

    samtoo20102 dager siden

    It’s a good thing that this crisis being realized and continue to happening, so eventually teachers would be valued more and better paid

  32. Kaan

    Kaan2 dager siden

    Pray for your situation

  33. Bonzi Fedora INC.

    Bonzi Fedora INC.2 dager siden

    I'm not sure where you're getting this from but my school is great. Oh, wait, it's private.

  34. thomas magand

    thomas magand2 dager siden

    Stop comparing a 330 million with a 5 million country !!!!!

  35. Akihiko Sanada

    Akihiko SanadaDag siden

    If a country with $330M GDP has generally more depressed and suicidal students and teachers than a $5M GDP country, that's really saying something about their governments.

  36. E_Cbuddies

    E_Cbuddies2 dager siden

    It’s going to get even worse now that the Trump administration wants to take away Public schools’ tax break and give it to the private schools. Sad.

  37. Peter Gao

    Peter Gao2 dager siden

    Teachers' teaching hours per day does not mean students learning hours per day, and has nothing to do with students' grades. This is the worst of Vox video in 2020 so far.

  38. Tiger Goldy

    Tiger Goldy2 dager siden

    united states was on the OECD list bottom right corner 1:10

  39. Akihiko Sanada

    Akihiko Sanada2 dager siden

    "American schools generally spend a lot of money on security" And somehow there are still school shooters and gropers running around todays American schools.

  40. 123

    123Dag siden

    Akihiko Sanada yeah agreed

  41. Erin Jones

    Erin Jones2 dager siden

    my school is probably going to close soon because a new district is literally driving out all the teachers and kids that used to go there. everyone is trying to get out of the city district because it is so unexplainably awful. it’s so sad.

  42. soulcats

    soulcats2 dager siden

    I’m a high school student, and our final project in English last semester was a partner debate. Our resolved statement was “homework is beneficial to students”, and we argued (and won) in favor of that statement. Because not only do Finland, Japan, South Korea etc. have lower teaching hours and more grading/planning hours, but they also have significantly lower homework hours. Finnish high school students spend something like 2.8 hours on homework per WEEK on average, while US students spend around 6 hours per week. Guess who has the higher test scores. TL:DR US teachers have way more homework to grade and also less time to do it; and it doesn’t even pay off in student test scores whatsoever

  43. SaltyWolf

    SaltyWolf2 dager siden


  44. Ethan Jaworski

    Ethan Jaworski2 dager siden

    vox does anything to make America look bad.

  45. DublinDapper

    DublinDapper2 dager siden

    Supply and Demand will work its magic

  46. Константин Георгиев

    Константин Георгиев2 dager siden

    All the thoughts and prayers in this world can't achieve what some good legislation can. It's high time America realised this.

  47. Mrs. Dunlap

    Mrs. Dunlap2 dager siden

    As an American middle school teacher myself, I would love to see the difference in student behavior in different countries. What I see in my classroom is a lack of respect towards adults and towards each other. Teaching respectful behavior is not a teacher's job, it's the job of the parents. So my question is, is that also true in other countries, and what is it about American families that is making it so difficult for parents to teach their children appropriate behavior. Okay Vox, go find the answer 😉.

  48. Major Ronald Mandell

    Major Ronald Mandell2 dager siden

    The main problem is the abuse US teachers have to take from their students, and the incredible amount of non teaching paperwork loaded upon us!

  49. The Druid Diaries

    The Druid Diaries2 dager siden

    I'm surprised that you don't have Canada on there.

  50. 『ʙᴀʟᴍᴏʀᴀ ʙʟᴜᴇ』

    『ʙᴀʟᴍᴏʀᴀ ʙʟᴜᴇ』2 dager siden

    I won't say US system is perfect but clearly a lot of you never lived in a third world country. Things like free education are not as good as they seem.

  51. 『ʙᴀʟᴍᴏʀᴀ ʙʟᴜᴇ』

    『ʙᴀʟᴍᴏʀᴀ ʙʟᴜᴇ』2 dager siden

    Maybe this explains why a lot of US citizens think Spain is Mexico

  52. 『ʙᴀʟᴍᴏʀᴀ ʙʟᴜᴇ』

    『ʙᴀʟᴍᴏʀᴀ ʙʟᴜᴇ』Dag siden

    @Akihiko Sanada i knew that one haha

  53. Akihiko Sanada

    Akihiko SanadaDag siden

    7% of Americans think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows and that's just sad.

  54. Alex Siemers

    Alex Siemers2 dager siden

    I’ve heard only half of Americans know the sun is a star instead of a planet

  55. Tomas Tur

    Tomas Tur3 dager siden

    Lol they would try anything but paying them more.

  56. Sofia Summer

    Sofia Summer3 dager siden

    I’m a teacher and I’m thinking about leaving. It’s very unfortunate. America should be the best place for teachers and our education should be the best for our students. Something is broken. Students and parents are disrespectful and that’s just the start.

  57. • peachybee •

    • peachybee •3 dager siden

    Where is malaysia?

  58. Mykola Kunde

    Mykola Kunde3 dager siden

    The fix to the problem is to shorten the school day. And get rid of standardized tests. Since both of them stress the teachers and students. Also standardized tests limit teachers on what they teach their class, sometimes forcing them to focus on trivial and useless things.

  59. Vladyslav Klymenko

    Vladyslav Klymenko3 dager siden

    I don’t really get the problem. Is it a problem that teachers are leaving their jobs? If the supply of teachers decreases then the demand will increase and teachers will get higher pay. And that’s a good thing

  60. Z Z

    Z Z3 dager siden

    A part of the problem is that more in America than any other country, it's socially acceptable (to their peers, not to society at large) for students to be disrespectful and/or inattentive to their teachers, and it wears the teachers down.

  61. Lance Hondrade

    Lance Hondrade3 dager siden

    This is why people hate Americans.

  62. Red Unicorn

    Red Unicorn3 dager siden

    Can we just point out that college in the USA isn't the same as university in Europe? High school education tends to be so bad and unregulated that it's a bit insulting. SAT math is eight grade stuff

  63. Red Banzino

    Red Banzino3 dager siden

    Well we have Canadian teachers who just got cut so yall can have them. Problems solved

  64. GoodGuyBad

    GoodGuyBad3 dager siden

    𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚊𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚟𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚘✔✔️

  65. Nora Allies

    Nora Allies3 dager siden

    I would have said something about all the money going to schools sports teams but not long ago I started to see companies trying to get behind funding school sports because apparently schools across america don't "have enough funds" for sports any more and decide to cut not only recess (that has been cut across schools since at least the early 2000's) but also sports teams. So the question is, where is all of this "most funded schools in the world" money going? It's not to sports, extra curricular classes, lunches, teachers or security.... Who wants to study the budgets real close and see who all is lining their own pockets at the expense of millions of kids' futures?

  66. Dimas P

    Dimas P3 dager siden

    Meanwhile in Indonesia, teacher only get salary 1/10 of minimum wage.