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



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This remarkable book will forever change the debate about what's wrong and what's right with American education and where it should be going. Based on his own experience as a student in China and as a parent of children attending school in the United States, Zhao skewers conventional wisdom while setting straight the recent history and current state of U.S. schools. To make his case, Zhao explains:

Why the perceived weaknesses of American education are actually its strengths.

How reform proponents, bu

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Recent Education Reform in the United Statesp. 1
From the Missile Gap to the Learning Gap: Myth, Fear, and the Evolution of Accountabilityp. 19
Why America Hasn't Lost Yet: Strengths of American Educationp. 41
Why China Isn't a Threat Yet: The Costs of High Scoresp. 64
The Challenges, Part I: Globalizationp. 98
The Challenges, Part II: Technologyp. 114
What Knowledge Is of Most Worth in the Global and Digital Economy?p. 133
Global Competence and Digital Competence: The New Universal Knowledge and Skillsp. 160
Catching Up or Keeping the Lead: The Future of American Educationp. 181
Afterwordp. 199
Referencesp. 203
Indexp. 222
About the Authorp. 229
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