East Asia outperforms West in education

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Period17 Jul 2013

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  • TitleEast Asia outperforms West in education
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletKorea Times
    Media typePrint
    Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
    DescriptionThe shortcoming of the current budget debates in Western countries is that they overlook the association between public spending for education and welfare in contrast to academic achievement.

    Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. are reducing spending on the tertiary sector with implications on student recruitment and future research output. At the same time, Western countries often spend nearly half of their overall budget on social welfare.

    East Asia, in contrast, spends more on education than the West, resulting in educational peak performance, and has substantially lower social welfare costs. What can the West learn from the East Asian approach?

    East Asian nations such as China, South Korea and Singapore spend approximately 15-16 percent of their overall government expenses on education, although in realty, investment into education is higher when private tutoring expenses are included.
    Producer/AuthorChris Baumann
    PersonsChris Baumann