By Yong Zhao
At a time while globalization and expertise are dramatically changing the realm we are living in, is schooling reform within the usa headed down the proper direction? Are faculties emphasizing the data and talents that scholars want in an international society—or are they really undermining their strengths by way of overemphasizing high-stakes checking out and standardization? Are schooling structures in China and different international locations relatively as more advantageous as a few humans claim?
These and different questions are on the middle of writer Yong Zhao's considerate and informative e-book. Born and raised in China and now a unusual professor at Michigan nation college, Zhao bases a lot of his observations on firsthand event as a pupil in China and as a guardian of youngsters attending tuition within the usa. His special standpoint leads him to finish that "American schooling is at a crossroads" and "we have to switch course" to take care of management in a speedily altering global. To make his case, Zhao explains
*What's correct with American education;
*Why a lot of the feedback of faculties within the usa has been deceptive and misinformed;
*Why China and different international locations in Asia are literally reforming their structures to be extra like their American counterparts;
*How globalization and the "death of distance" are affecting jobs and way of life; and
*How the digital global is remodeling the commercial and social panorama in methods way more profound than many of us realize.
Educators, policymakers, mom and dad, and others attracted to getting ready scholars to be effective worldwide electorate will achieve a transparent realizing of what forms of wisdom and talents represent "digital competence" and "global competence," and what faculties can—and must—do to satisfy the demanding situations and possibilities led to by means of globalization and expertise.
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