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Catching up or Leading the Way American Education in the Age of Globalization

ISBN-10: 1416608737
ISBN-13: 9781416608738
Edition: 2009
Authors: Yong Zhao
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date: 10/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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 * 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 the 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.

Prof. Yong Zhao has a PhD from Computer Science Department of Chicago University (under supervising of Prof. Ian Foster); his is now a professor at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. His research interests include Grid computing, large-data process in Cloud computing etc. He published about 30 journal and conference papers in related areas.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Recent Education Reform in the United States
From the Missile Gap to the Learning Gap: Myth, Fear, and the Evolution of Accountability
Why America Hasn't Lost Yet: Strengths of American Education
Why China Isn't a Threat Yet: The Costs of High Scores
The Challenges, Part I: Globalization
The Challenges, Part II: Technology
What Knowledge Is of Most Worth in the Global and Digital Economy?
Global Competence and Digital Competence: The New Universal Knowledge and Skills
Catching Up or Keeping the Lead: The Future of American Education
Afterword
References
Index
About the Author

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