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Prepare your students for the globalized world!

In the new global economy, the jobs that exist now might not exist by the time today’s students enter the workplace. To succeed in this ever-changing world, students need to be able to think like entrepreneurs: resourceful, flexible, creative, and global.
This book unlocks the secrets to cultivating independent thinkers who are willing and able to use their learning differently to create jobs and contribute positively to the globalized society. World Class Learners presents concepts that teachers, administrators and even parents can implement immediately, including how to:

  • Understand the entrepreneurial spirit and harness it
  • Foster student autonomy and leadership
  • Champion inventive learners with necessary resources
  • Develop global partners and resources
  • With the liberty to make meaningful decisions and explore nontraditional learning opportunities, today’s students will develop into tomorrow’s global entrepreneurs.


    • Doublethink: The Creativity-Testing Conflict – We Know the Secrets of the Federal Reserve said:

      […] doing research for my book World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students, I found a significant negative relationship between PISA performance and indicators of […]

    • » Remembering Steve Jobs: Education and the Empowerment of “Black-Collar Workers” Engaging Education said:

      […] his new book World Class Learners, Yong Zhao proclaims, “Everyone needs to be entrepreneurial in the 21st […]

    • Bill Seitz said:

      Why isn’t there an ebook version?

    • YongZhao said:

      Sorry, I will ask the publisher.

    • New questions on the Common Core said:

      […] Zhao: Very good observation but I cannot help but pointing out that Tucker just published a book entitled Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems.  If it is such a bad system, why does Tucker consider it one of the world’s leading systems and want to build American education on it? If it is so bad, what is it in Shanghai, a city of China, he wants America to surpass? And by the way, it is not true that “few wanted to change the system, because the tests were one of the few incorruptible parts of a deeply corrupt system.” Many, perhaps, most people in China, want the system changed. The Ministry of Education and provincial governments have been making changes over the past few decades (for details read my books Catching Up or Leading the Way and World Class Learners) […]

    • The Power Of The Internet – Hanging Out With Yong Zhao | There is no box said:

      […] Zhao is author of several books about education including his latest, “World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students” and has keynoted all over the world. I saw his keynote at ISTE12 and was totally […]

    • Product-Oriented Learning | Simkins Says said:

      […] Chapter 8 of World Class Learners brought back lots of memories of things I did with students over the years that would fit nicely […]

    • Schools as global enterprises | bluyonder said:

      […] few weeks ago I had the opportunity to chat with Yong Zhao.  Zhao is Presidential Chair and associate dean for Global and Online Education at the University […]

    • Hula-Hoops and Education « Uncategorized « Keeping Pace said:

      […] Zhao calls for the development of an “entrepreneurial spirit” in education in his book, World Class Learners. Zhao quotes the World Economic Forum (2011) and asserts “[i]t is not enough to add […]

    • Interview with Yong Zhao | Leaders on Thinking said:

      […] innovative education models. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books. His latest book, World Class Learners, has won several awards including the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2013), […]

    • Jim Butt said:


      When will the audiobook be available. I have long commutes.


    • Show Your Learning | S/Z said:

      […] an ugly word). We’ve brainstormed hashtags, schemed up entire books on the subject. We’ve read the books. We’ve encouraged other teachers in our district to do the same. We follow people with […]

    • M/S said:

      As a teacher in both private and public schools, I can concur that most students do lack problem solving skills and a creative voice. However, though I know I can always work on my curriculum, most times when I have given students tasks that involve creativity and/or problem solving, I receive the inevitable questions of “Where’s the rubric?” and ‘What exactly do I have to do get an A?” I have found that both students and parents become agitated if I don’t outline every part of project to the smallest detail. Parents will say they are supportive for the most part, until their child gets a B. Then they want to know, in proven details (like a rubric or a handout), why their child didn’t get the A. Especially with creative projects! Here is an example: In studying a creative writing unit, I will tell my students to choose 5 elements of creative writing and, using our standards of grammar and good writing, incorporate them into a 300 word typed story of their choosing. Inevitably, the students *immediately* become concerned. Parents will call or email, telling me that their child is stressed out because I have been “unclear”, when, in actuality, I have given them free reign to be creative. I will answer question after question about if this or that idea is “good”: they want to gauge my reaction to their idea to see whether or not they will receive the A. Another example is when art or design is an element of a graded work. There is no doubt that I will receive emails about how this child isn’t a good artist or why creating a word-thought collage is good use of time when they could be writing structured essays to prepare them for college (I teach middle school). My standards of “art-style” assignments is neatness (if asked for) and accuracy of the lesson- not if the child is the next Picasso. Yet both parents and students will feel slighted if they don’t receive the best possible grades for minimum standard work. Indeed, creativity and problem solving is an important element that needs to be addressed in education, but everyone needs to be on board, and prepared, for that learning curve. Personally, at my current school, I don’t know of any parent or student who would make themselves the “guinea pigs’ for this type of success. All they want is a how-to, instruction book on how to get to into high school. It’s sad. It really is.

    • Mark said:


      Take a look at what these kids did. The female started in a Women in Engineering Class. There are many stories behind this clip. A true success story for the kids and Technology Education in USA.

    • RIOSUPTbooks – Rio School District said:

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      […] Education Measurement Euler’s GemThe Rise of the Creative Class RevisitedWhole new mindWorld class learnersThinking in SystemsBakhtin and the Human SciencesHere are some great links to explore Bakhtin’s […]

    • Ambler Moss said:

      Dr. Zhao…I am trying to track down that anecdote I thought was in World Class Learners, but can’t find it. It’s where a group of Chinese visitors come to US classrooms and can’t understand how the students “knew” certain things without rote teaching. Then it ended with the US and Chinese educators agreeing that each could learn a lot from each other.

      As an educator based in Asia,perhaps next year in China, I am very eager to track this story down to repeat to those who are “hard to move”

    • Global Online Academy | GOA’s Summer Playlist: 20 Resources for Inspiration and Exploration said:

      […] World Class Learners by Yong Zhao: For prompts, templates, and examples to help design modern learning experiences for students, we like this book’s approach to defining student-centered learning as student-empowered learning. […]

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