From Cell Biology Education, 2004.
Beyond the gloomy numbers in international examinations, which show that students in the United States do poorly in both science and mathematics when compared with students in comparable countries, there is perhaps a silver lining. Researchers are looking closely at the educational cultures of consistently high-performing countries, such as Japan, and asking if there are similarities and differences in approaches, and what aspects of those systems are transferable to our own.
What they are finding is perhaps surprising. There are dramatic differences in the methods used by teachers in Japan and their counterparts in the United States…It appears from analysis of Japanese and U.S. educational systems that the difference is not so much in the teacher competence as in the methods that the teachers use.