Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization

Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization

by Zhao, Yong


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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 headed down the right path? Are schools emphasizing the knowledge and skills that students need in a global society-or 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?

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

What's right with American education;

Why much of the criticism of schools in the United States has been misleading and misinformed;

Why China and other nations in Asia are actually reforming their systems to be more like their American counterparts;

How globalization and the "death of distance" are affecting jobs and everyday life; and

How the virtual world is transforming die economic and social landscape in ways far more profound than many people realize.

Educators, policymakers, parents, and others interested in preparing students to be productive global citizens will gain a clear understanding of what kinds of knowledge and skills constitute "digital competence" and "global competence," and what schools can-and must-do to meet the challenges and opportunities brought about by globalization and technology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416608738
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date: 09/10/2009
Pages: 229
Sales rank: 977,096
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Recent Education Reform in the United States 1

2 From the Missile Gap to the Learning Gap: Myth, Fear, and the Evolution of Accountability 19

3 Why America Hasn't Lost Yet: Strengths of American Education 41

4 Why China Isn't a Threat Yet: The Costs of High Scores 64

5 The Challenges, Part I: Globalization 98

6 The Challenges, Part II: Technology 114

7 What Knowledge Is of Most Worth in the Global and Digital Economy? 133

8 Global Competence and Digital Competence: The New Universal Knowledge and Skills 160

9 Catching Up or Keeping the Lead: The Future of American Education 181

Afterword 199

References 203

Index 222

About the Author 229

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book the author does an excellent job comparing the differences between American education and that of China. In essence he shows how they are reforming their education system to resemble that of the US because they found that theirs that relied so heavily on testing was stifling their economy. So why are we trying to emmulate them if they are abandoning their system for our system that relies on less testing and more emphasis on developing the whole child. It is amust read for all to see the error of the thinking that our reformers are promoting.
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