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.
*Note: At 1:09, we misspelled "Sweden." We apologize for the error.

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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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  • thomas magand
    thomas magand

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

  • E_Cbuddies

    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.

  • Peter Gao
    Peter Gao

    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.

  • Tiger Goldy
    Tiger Goldy

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

  • Akihiko Sanada
    Akihiko Sanada

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

  • Akihiko Sanada
    Akihiko Sanada

    Another reason why American teachers tend to quit their job is because of the students. A large portion of American students I've seen usually spends their whole school day screaming over the lesson, blocking out any learning that could've been found in their lesson. The worst part is that the students blame the teacher once they get a low grade. I'm only in 7th grade and I've seen teachers literally get mental breakdowns in class because of the lobotomized ducks we call students.

  • Erin Jones
    Erin Jones

    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.

  • soulcats

    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

  • SaltyWolf


  • Ethan Jaworski
    Ethan Jaworski

    vox does anything to make America look bad.

  • DublinDapper

    Supply and Demand will work its magic

  • Константин Георгиев
    Константин Георгиев

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

  • Mrs. Dunlap
    Mrs. Dunlap

    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 😉.

  • Major Ronald Mandell
    Major Ronald Mandell

    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!

  • The Druid Diaries
    The Druid Diaries

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

  • 『ʙᴀʟᴍᴏʀᴀ ʙʟᴜᴇ』
    『ʙᴀʟᴍᴏʀᴀ ʙʟᴜᴇ』

    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.

  • 『ʙᴀʟᴍᴏʀᴀ ʙʟᴜᴇ』
    『ʙᴀʟᴍᴏʀᴀ ʙʟᴜᴇ』

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

  • Tomas Tur
    Tomas Tur

    Lol they would try anything but paying them more.

  • Sofia Summer
    Sofia Summer

    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.

  • • peachybee •
    • peachybee •

    Where is malaysia?

  • Mykola Kunde
    Mykola Kunde

    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.

  • Vladyslav Klymenko
    Vladyslav Klymenko

    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

  • Z Z
    Z Z

    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.

  • Lance Hondrade
    Lance Hondrade

    This is why people hate Americans.

  • Red Unicorn
    Red Unicorn

    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

  • Red Banzino
    Red Banzino

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

  • GoodGuyBad

    𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚊𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚟𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚘✔✔️

  • Nora Allies
    Nora Allies

    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?

  • Dimas P
    Dimas P

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

  • Ya boi Juan
    Ya boi Juan

    Do US teachers get summer vacation paid or not? I'm surprised I never asked before.

  • Kero Kero
    Kero Kero

    usa: our educational system is broken! brazil: hold my beer

  • LiveAtPompeii74

    Wait till you see public schools in third world countries, yeah, everyone suffers to keep Americans happy.

  • Alvin Abrenica
    Alvin Abrenica

    In 🇵🇭, teachers work more than 12 hours per day with average of 40 students per class..

  • Joel Lim
    Joel Lim

    I never understood why america never banned guns in the first place? Yea sure its for security of the citizens but many countries have done it for many years? With the easy access to guns brings along school shootings which: Most of the money spent on schools are on the security aspect. Simple as that

  • Sealion

    Logic of this video If you can't do something, do it

  • kim jong un
    kim jong un

    and i’m thomas i graduated in canada queens university lol

  • AirPods Jones
    AirPods Jones

    But we’re merica

  • David Bauman
    David Bauman

    US teachers have minority students and Finland doesn’t thats the difference.

  • Edge

    America spends a lot on items that other countries don’t: diversity administrators, sports programs, etc.

  • Mr Hyde
    Mr Hyde

    That’s ALL? Disappointing, what about how Finland turned its educational system upside down to achieve these results?

  • abi johnson
    abi johnson

    Let’s be real. You clicked on this video for the cool paper cartoons

  • Sophia Madison
    Sophia Madison

    American children are entitled brats who dont bother with school and show 0 respect to their teachers. My local highschool has a graduating rate of 13%. Kids just dont show...

  • Eddie Bibby
    Eddie Bibby

    US celebrates idiocy so not surprising education is underfunded. It’s a huge whirlwind to be reaped as China, India and other wealthy nations sail past the US in terms of educated populations.

  • Spartan Life
    Spartan Life

    Well I’m not changing my major I think I’d rather try to teaching get discouraged then never try it at all.

  • Mx1air


  • Rasmus Hautamäki
    Rasmus Hautamäki

    As a Finn who has moved to the United States I couldn't agree more with this.

  • Angel Rivera
    Angel Rivera

    Our teachers work 7 hours

  • Angel Rivera
    Angel Rivera

    You misspelled Sweden

  • My Phone
    My Phone

    How come Vox doesn't know how to source correctly? If you did a research paper and just listed all your sources at the end of the paper (like they do in the description) it would be laughed at and thrown in the garbage. Vox needs to learn how to source! You have to source after each claim. JC.

  • Arjel Dela Peña
    Arjel Dela Peña

    As a high school student, I hate the education system

  • Max Hill
    Max Hill


  • Lopez Silver
    Lopez Silver

    Who tf wants to be a middle school teacher

  • Leah K.
    Leah K.

    Laughs in Kurdish A blessing place where you MUST have more than 98% to be a doctor And studies university And then never gets a job somehow.... Even you get a job you work and never get paid.

  • Anna Maia
    Anna Maia

    nooo I'm Anna from Brazil tho

    • Anna Maia
      Anna Maia

      On a serious note, teaching in Brazil is also really difficult and almost no one from my generation wants to be a teacher, which is pretty bad...

  • Mazinger and Minerva
    Mazinger and Minerva

    American kids score better ar he pizza 🍕 exam 😂 😂

  • itzCyver

    The only good thing about US is that there are so many pathways and options that you have to your career. But it all comes with a price and hard work.

  • Bill Gates
    Bill Gates

    India : Let me to introduce myself

  • Becca B
    Becca B

    Our school has spent over 120000 dollars on slots equipment but nearly none for the classrooms. As the daughter of a teacher I know how hard they work. She only gets forth minutes to plan, and that's if no students need help. She stay up till one in the morning most days just so she can grade. Appreciate your teachers y'all

  • Brad LaSalle
    Brad LaSalle

    this was just finland propoganga

  • Rubo el bueno
    Rubo el bueno

    I'm mexican Why am I watching this?