Catching up or leading the way pdf
Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization by Yong ZhaoThis remarkable book will forever change the debate about whats wrong and whats right with American education and where it should be going. Based on his own experience as a student in China and as a parent of children attending school in the United States, Zhao skewers conventional wisdom while setting straight the recent history and current state of U.S. schools. To make his case, Zhao explains: Why the perceived weaknesses of American education are actually its strengths.
How reform proponents, business executives, and politicians have misjudged American education.
Why China and other nations in Asia are actually reforming their systems to be more like their American counterparts.
What really matters for an education system and what really counts as educational excellence.
With an extraordinary command of facts and thought leadership, Zhao describes how schoools have to keep pace with a world that is being dramatically transformed by globalization.
Catching Up or Leading the Way American Education in the Age of Globalization.pdf (PDFy mirror)
Are schools emphasizing the knowledge and skills that students need in a global society? Are education systems in China and other countries as superior as some people claim? American education is at a crossroads. We need to change course to maintain leadership in a rapidly changing world. How should we redesign our educational system?
At a time when globalization and technology are dramatically altering the world we live in, is education reform in the United States headed down the right path? Are schools emphasizing the knowledge and skills that students need in a global society--or are they 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? These and other questions are at the heart of author Yong Zhao's thoughtful and informative book. Born and raised in China and now a distinguished professor at Michigan State University, Zhao bases many of his observations on firsthand experience as a student in China and as a parent of children attending school in the United States. His unique perspective leads him to conclude that "American education is at a crossroads" and "we need to change course" to maintain leadership in a rapidly changing world. To make his case, Zhao explains.
Here is the Google translation from Indonesian to English. Suzie Oh in Korea writes about the book.
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Yong Zhao argues in Catching Up or Leading the Way that more standardization, increased outcome-based accountability, and testing only a few subjects will not prepare American youth for success in an age of globalization. Zhao does, however, recognize the strengths of American education, and thus puts forth a vision for American schools to promote creativity, talent diversity, plus global and digital competencies. American schools should continue to lead the way, Zhao says, not play catch-up with other countries. Zhao, who grew up in China but currently lives in the USA, grew more perplexed as he watched his own children attend US schools that became increasingly focused on test scores. His goal: Change the current US education discourse. Later, Zhao devotes a chapter to examples of globalization in occurrence right now and demonstrates why schools need to re-evaluate which skills are necessary for the 21st century. Examples of globalization include fragmentation of production outsourcing, offshoring, job losses and free movement of peoples migration, cheap labor, national identity crisis , and such examples frame the challenges that face schools.