News and Interviews about my Book: Catching Up or Leading the Way
- More about the book:
1-10-2010: Lansing State Journal Op Ed: Education “Race” is Counterproductive.
12-17-2009: Panel Discussion about Education in the US on China Radio International, Beijing: 2009-12-17 Education in the US
12-1-2009 The Daily Riff reviews the book in its “Favorite Books” section: http://www.thedailyriff.com/2009/12/high-scores-but-low-ability-the-chinese-curse.php
12-4-2009: Kappan‘s editor Joan Richardson interview with me: http://www.pdkintl.org/kappan/k_v91/docs/k0912ri1.pdf
11-26-2009: Kompas, an Indonesian newspaper article cites my book. Here is the Google translation from Indonesian to English.
11-11-2009: Primary Source reviews my book: http://www.primarysource.org/catching-up-or-leading-the-way
09-11-2009: Fred Deutsch writes about the book on his blog: http://www.school-of-thought.net/?p=898
29-10-2009: Laura Berman writes in Detroit News about the book and an interview with me: http://bit.ly/4bcuy
28-10-2009: Dr. Suzie Oh in Korea writes about the book. Here is the link in English with Google Translation: http://bit.ly/FgxBy and here is the original Korean version: http://bit.ly/2ogsC9, if you can read Korean.
16-10-1009: Correction: A reader pointed out an error in the book. On page 31, the book says “Senator Judd Gregg, a republican from Vermont,” while the Senator represents “New Hampshire.” My apologies and thanks, Peter, for pointing this out.
12-10-2009: WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show interview about my book: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/episodes/2009/10/12
05-10-2009: Sean Cavanagh of Education Week wrote about the book: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2009/10/chinese-american_scholar_on_am.html
21-09-2009?Anthony Cody wrote a review of my book: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2009/09/yong_zhao_dont_abandon_creativ.html
14-9-2009: ASCD Author page includes video clips of me talking about the book: http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Authors/Yong_Zhao.aspx?id=36527511001&nvid=a8b1
- 11-09-2009: Read sample chapters: http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/109076.aspx
- 09-09-2009: Interview with Russ White: http://spartanpodcast.com/?p=525
- 09-09-2009: Interview on Michigan Public Radio with Charity Nebbe, All Things Considered: http://www.michiganradio.org/
- MSU News: http://news.msu.edu/story/6755/
- A talk with Yong Zhao, conducted by Lucy Robertson, Educational Leadership assistant editor: http://ascd.org/Publications/Books/ASCD_Talks_With_an_Author.aspx
- U.S. vs. China: Thoughtful Chinese Author Says U.S. Schools are Better: Comments about my book by Jay Mathews, education columnist for the Washington Post: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/class-struggle/2009/08/us_vs_china_thoughtful_chinese.html#more
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 US schools. To make his case, Zhao explains:
- Why the perceived weaknesses of American education are actually its strengths.
- How reform proponents, business executives, and politicians have misjudged American education.
- Why China and other nations in Asia are actually reforming their systems to be more like their American counterparts.
- What really matters for an education system and what really counts as educational excellence.
With an extraordinary command of facts and thought leadership, Zhao describes how schools have to keep pace with a world that is being dramatically transformed by globalization, the “death of distance,” and digital technology. Instead of falling in line with mandates for standardization, his prescription is for educators to
- Expand the definition of success beyond math and reading test scores.
- Personalize schooling so that every student has opportunity to learn.
- View schools as enterprises that embrace globalization and digital technology.