Zhao, Yong.

Catching up or leading the way : American education in the age of globalization / Yong Zhao. - Alexandria, Va. : ASCD, 2009. - xv, 229 p. ; 23 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 203-221) and index.

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.

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--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? Yong Zhao, born and raised in China and now a professsor at Michigan State University, bases many of his observations on his firsthand experience as a student in China and as a parent of children attending school in the United States.

9781416608738 (pbk. : alk. paper) ;


Education and state--Cross-cultural studies.
Education--Economic aspects--United States.
Education and globalization--United States.
Education and globalization--China.
Educational leadership--United States.
Educational change--United States.

LC66 Z47 2009
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
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