Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World
Author: Yong Zhao
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
The secrets behind China's extraordinary educational system– good, bad, and ugly Chinese students' consistently stunning performance on theinternational PISA exams— where they outscore students of allother nations in math, reading, and science—have positionedChina as a world education leader. American educators and punditshave declared this a "Sputnik Moment," saying that we must learnfrom China's education system in order to maintain our status as aneducation leader and global superpower. Indeed, many of the reforms taking hold in United Statesschools, such as a greater emphasis on standardized testing and theincreasing importance of core subjects like reading and math, echothe Chinese system. We're following in China's footsteps—butis this the direction we should take? Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon? by award-winningwriter Yong Zhao offers an entertaining, provocative insider'saccount of the Chinese school system, revealing the secrets thatmake it both "the best and worst" in the world. Born and raised inChina's Sichuan province and a teacher in China for many years,Zhao has a unique perspective on Chinese culture and education. Heexplains in vivid detail how China turns out the world'shighest-achieving students in reading, math, and science—yetby all accounts Chinese educators, parents, and political leadershate the system and long to send their kids to western schools.Filled with fascinating stories and compelling data, Who'sAfraid of the Big Bad Dragon? offers a nuanced and soberingtour of education in China. Learn how China is able to turn out the world's highestachieving students in math, science, and reading Discover why, despite these amazing test scores, Chineseparents, teachers, and political leaders are desperate to leavebehind their educational system Discover how current reforms in the U.S. parallel the classicChinese system, and how this could help (or hurt) our students'prospects
The education of America's children is critical to our nation and local communities, but sweeping reforms have left teachers demoralized, children frustrated, and families disenfranchised. America's Schools at a Turning Point: And how we THE PEOPLE can help shape their future is a wake-up call. Author Corky O'Callaghan explains how families and educators can empower their communities to effectively address the growing challenges now facing our public schools and help determine the future of education reform. Ultimately, this is a story about working together and restoring faith and confidence in the American dream.
Do what you do best and let technology do the rest Technology has transformed lives. Why then, has it not transformed education? What needs to change to ensure integration that empowers students and enhances teacher depth? Learn how to let technology cultivate student autonomy, creativity, and responsibility while focusing on lessons that hone higher-order and critical thinking skills. See technology as a complement rather than a replacement Embrace its creation potential over consumption Encourage personalized learning, autonomy, and creativity over outcomes Celebrate digital competence over curriculum improvement Focus on tech-pedagogy over product usage
Your blueprint for nurturing globally connected students! Help your students learn for, with, and from anyone, anywhere in the world. This powerful resource from respected expert Dr. Yong Zhao helps educators at all levels build a globalized learning environment that fosters students’ cultural and entrepreneurial competencies. This third volume in Zhao’s three-book set outlines how to: Transform students into strong, responsible global citizens Leverage experts, networks, and partner school relationships Implement a “glocalized” Global Campus or classroom Upgrade your school or classroom. Use this practical guide to build a world-class education for your students!
Your blueprint for product-oriented learning This visionary guide from internationally respected expert Dr. Yong Zhao provides the most complete information available on designing twenty-first century schools poised to leapfrog into the future! This follow up to Zhao’s World Class Learners digs much deeper, revealing how exactly to put his paradigm shift into effect, one component at a time. Detailed strategies outline how to Cultivate a “making-as-learning” POL environment Create quality student-initiated products Understand copyrights and patents Use this comprehensive guide to reimagine your classroom, school, or district and foster a new spirit of achievement and entrepreneurship.
This biographical dictionary is devoted to the actors who provided voices for all the Disney animated theatrical shorts and features from the 1928 Mickey Mouse cartoon Steamboat Willie to the 2010 feature film Tangled. More than 900 men, women, and child actors from more than 300 films are covered, with biographical information, individual career summaries, and descriptions of the animated characters they have performed. Among those listed are Adriana Caselotti, of Snow White fame; Clarence Nash, the voice of Donald Duck; Sterling Holloway, best known for his vocal portrayal of Winnie the Pooh; and such show business luminaries as Bing Crosby, Bob Newhart, George Sanders, Dinah Shore, Jennifer Tilly and James Woods. In addition, a complete directory of animated Disney films enables the reader to cross-reference the actors with their characters.
Children’s literature is an excellent way to educate children, on everything from social behavior and beliefs to attitudes toward education itself. A major aspect of children’s literature is the importance of books and reading. Books represent adult authority. This book examines the role that books, reading and writing play in children’s fantasy fiction, from books that act as artifacts of power (The Abhorsen Trilogy, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Harry Potter) to interactive books (The Neverending Story, Malice, Inkheart) to books with character-writers (Percy Jackson, Captain Underpants). The author finds that although books and reading often play a prominent role in fantasy for children, the majority of young protagonists gain self-sufficiency not by reading but specifically by moving beyond books and reading.
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
Over the past 15 years, there has been a pronounced trend toward a particular type of picturebook that many would label "postmodern." Postmodern picturebooks have stretched our conventional notion of what constitutes a picturebook, as well as what it means to be an engaged reader of these texts. The international researchers and scholars included in this compelling collection of work critically examine and discuss postmodern picturebooks, and reflect upon their unique contributions to both the field of children’s literature and to the development of new literacies for child, adolescent, and adult readers.
It has been over twenty years since the publication of The Ragamuffin Gospel, a book many claim as the shattering of God’s grace into their lives. Since that time, Brennan Manning has been dazzingly faithful in preaching and writing variations on that singular theme – “Yes, Abba is very fond of you!” But today the crowds are gone and the lights are dim, the patches on his knees have faded. If he ever was a ragamuffin, truly it is now. In this his final book, Brennan roves back his past, honoring the lives of the people closest to him, family and friends who’ve known the saint and the sinner, the boy and the man. Far from some chronological timeline, these memories are witness to the truth of life by one who has lived it – All Is Grace.