Innovation in Education Conference Speaker Profile: Yong Zhao #iie10

September 14, 2010 at 10:00 am 1 comment

by Alec Patton

Professor Yong Zhao is director of the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence at the University of Michigan, and an authority on education for 21st century skills. His latest book, Catching Up or Leading the Way, makes a compelling case against centralised, standards-driven school reform by comparing the American and Chinese education systems.

Here’s an extract:

What China wants is what America is eager to throw away – an education that respects individual talents, supports divergent thinking, tolerates deviation, and encourages creativity; a system in which the government does not dictate what students learn or how teachers teach; and culture that does not rank or judge the success of a school, a teacher or a child based on only test scores in a few subjects determined by the government.

You can see Yong in this video:

Conference information: A special early bird discount of 20% is available until 30 September 2010. Please quote code IU when booking. For more information and to book your place please visit guardian.co.uk/innovation-education.

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