Prepare your students for the globalized world!
In the new global economy, the jobs that exist now might not exist by the time today′s students enter the workplace. To succeed in this ever-changing world, students need to be able to think like entrepreneurs: resourceful, flexible, creative, and global.
Researcher and Professor Yong Zhao unlocks the secrets to cultivating independent thinkers who are willing and able to use their learning differently to create jobs and contribute positively to the globalized society. World Class Learners presents concepts that teachers, administrators and even parents can implement immediately, including how to:
- Understand the entrepreneurial spirit and harness it
- Foster student autonomy and leadership
- Champion inventive learners with necessary resources
- Develop global partners and resources
With the liberty to make meaningful decisions and explore nontraditional learning opportunities, today′s students will develop into tomorrow′s global entrepreneurs.
"In this important book, Yong Zhao demonstrates persuasively that the race for higher test scores is harmful to our society. What is needed most now, he reminds us, is freedom to think, freedom to invent, and freedom to differ from bureaucratically devised norms."
—Diane Ravitch, Author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System
"In his latest book, Yong Zhao forcefully challenges us to focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. Zhao has established himself as one of the most compelling voices in 21st century education. He is not an education reformer, trying to improve our performance within the old system. He is truly an education transformer, trying to articulate the outcomes that will matter most to our 21st century students."
—Ken Kay, CEO of EdLeader21
Founding President of Partnership for 21st Century Skills
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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).
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction: To Create Is Human
1. The Wrong Bet: Why Common Curriculum and Standards Won′t Help
2. The Changed World: The Need for Entrepreneurs
3. What Makes an Entrepreneur: The Entrepreneurial Spirit
4. Achievement Gap vs. Entrepreneurship Gap: The Myth of Education Giants
5. China vs. the U.S.: How the Best Education Stifles the Entrepreneurial Spirit
6. From Accident to Design: A Paradigm Shift
7. Freedom to Learn: Student Autonomy and Leadership
8. Product-Oriented Learning: Works That Matter
9. The Globe Is Our Campus: Global Entrepreneurs and Enterprises
10. Create a World-Class Education: Principles and Indicators