How do you close the achievement gap? Start by changing the question.
When we use the achievement gap to define success, we shortchange our students. It’s time to recognize that the potential for greatness lies in a unique form within each child—and that the goal of education should be to encourage and develop it. This inspiring manifesto brings in research from different disciplines and demonstrates how to uncover individual greatness by giving students control of their learning. You’ll also find:
- Strategies for implementing personalizable education
- Examples showing practices that have gone wrong—and right
- Guidance for teaching disadvantaged students
About the Author
Yong Zhao currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World, Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of the 2012 10 most influential people in educational technology by the Tech & Learn Magazine. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education. His latest book World Class Learners has won several awards including the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2013), Association of Education Publishers’ (AEP) Judges’ Award and Distinguished Achievement Award in Education Leadership(2013).See flyers for Zhao's books Never Send a Human to Do a Machine's Job and the World Class Learners bundle.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorIntroduction: Stop Looking at My Bad LegChapter 1: The Ambitious Pursuit of Mediocrity: How Education Curtails Children’s Potential for GreatnessChapter 2: All Children Are Above the Average: The Potential for GreatnessChapter 3: A Musician Must Make Music: The Need to Be GreatChapter 4: Take Control: Personalizable Education for GreatnessChapter 5: Trust Me: Realizing Personalizable EducationReferencesIndex