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Catching Up or Leading the Way: Education in the Age of Globalization

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What’s wrong and what’s right with U.S. education and where should it be going? Have educational reformers, business executives, and politicians misjudged American education? Why are China and Asian countries actually reforming schools to be more like their American counterparts? What really matters for an education system and what really counts as educational excellence? Dr. Yong Zhao draws on his own experience as a student in China, as a parent of children attending school in the U.S., and as one of our leading thinkers on education and globalization, to arrive at a prescription for what schools must do to keep pace in a dramatically flattened world.

Yong Zhao, Ph.D., is University of Oregon College of Education’s first Presidential Chair. A fellow of the International Academy for Education, Zhao’s current work focuses on designing 21st century schools in the context of globalization and the digital revolution. Zhao was founding director of Michigan State University’s US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

$10 general admission; $5 WAC members. Registration required.

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