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by Yong Zhao

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Title:Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization
Authors:Yong Zhao
Info:Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (2009), Paperback, 229 pages
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Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization by Yong Zhao



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Born in China, Yong Zhao is now a distinguished professor at Michigan state University. He is intimately acquainted with both Chimes and American cultures and as such, provides a contemporary view of what global challenges face the U.S.. He is an admirer of the long tradition in the U.S. of creativity and higher-level thinking that has produced a nation at the top of the world, but in the past ten years, with increasing competition just to pass tests, he warns that the “edge” may be lost. His prescriptions for American education are to help young people understand other cultures, speak other languages, and in particular, understand the new rules of engagement in the global world of technology. It is comforting to read someone with this larger perspective, particularly when listening to the conflicting voices of behavioral teaching vs. constructivist education. The author is squarely in the latter camp and we can all hope that innovations and excellence notions will return to our public education in place of struggling to reach minimums. An interesting and broadening read.
  davidloertscher | Oct 31, 2009 |
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At a time when globalization and technology are dramatically altering the world we live in, is education reform in the United States heading down the right path? Are schools emphasizing the knowledge and skills that students need in a global society--are schools actually undermining their strengths by overemphasizing high-stakes testing and standardization? Are education systems in China and other countries really as superior as some people claim? Yong Zhao, born and raised in China and now a professor at Michigan State University, bases many of his observations on his firsthand experience as a student in China and as a parent of children attending school in the United States.… (more)

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