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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon?: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World By Yong Zhao,

  • Title: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon?: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World
  • Author: Yong Zhao
  • ISBN: 9781118487136
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The secrets behind China s extraordinary educational system good, bad, and ugly Chinese students consistently stunning performance on the international PISA exams where they outscore students of all other nations in math, reading, and science have positioned China as a world education leader American educators and pundits have declared this a Sputnik Moment, sayinThe secrets behind China s extraordinary educational system good, bad, and ugly Chinese students consistently stunning performance on the international PISA exams where they outscore students of all other nations in math, reading, and science have positioned China as a world education leader American educators and pundits have declared this a Sputnik Moment, saying that we must learn from China s education system in order to maintain our status as an education leader and global superpower.Indeed, many of the reforms taking hold in United States schools, such as a greater emphasis on standardized testing and the increasing importance of core subjects like reading and math, echo the Chinese system We re following in China s footsteps but is this the direction we should take Who s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon by award winning writer Yong Zhao offers an entertaining, provocative insider s account of the Chinese school system, revealing the secrets that make it both the best and worst in the world Born and raised in China s Sichuan province and a teacher in China for many years, Zhao has a unique perspective on Chinese culture and education He explains in vivid detail how China turns out the world s highest achieving students in reading, math, and science yet by all accounts Chinese educators, parents, and political leaders hate the system and long to send their kids to western schools Filled with fascinating stories and compelling data, Who s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon offers a nuanced and sobering tour of education in China.Learn how China is able to turn out the world s highest achieving students in math, science, and reading Discover why, despite these amazing test scores, Chinese parents, teachers, and political leaders are desperate to leave behind their educational system Discover how current reforms in the U.S parallel the classic Chinese system, and how this could help or hurt our students prospects
    Who s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon Why China Has the Best and Worst Education System in the World The secrets behind China s extraordinary educational system good bad and ugly Chinese students consistently stunning performance on the international PISA exams where they outscore students of all o

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    1. I m not a fan of standardized testing and I know that China scores well on tests I know the United States does not score as high and we have implemented standardized testing in our schools I am so glad I m not in school any and so glad I don t have kids in school right now With that limited bit of knowledge, I read this book The author Yong Zhao definitely has an agenda Throughout this book, over and over again, he reiterates that standardized testing is the result of an authoritarian regime whi [...]

    2. An interesting consideration of how history, culture, economic growth, politics and policy impact education, education systems and student learning and skill acquisition Definitely an insight into the thoughts and approaches to education in a China, which is very helpful and useful for international school teachers teaching here I d be interested in reading alternative view points and extensions of these views on Chinese education systems Any recommendations

    3. If I could select the reading material for President Obama, U.S Secretary of Ed Arne Duncan, and our new governor elect Rauner, I would surely have them read this book Zhao argues that Americans have become obsessed with matching or outperforming China s superior PISA Program for International Student Assessment scores PISA has become a sort of global measuring stick indeed, the creators of the test claim that this assessment can determine the best education system in the world based on three as [...]

    4. This is a fantastic read and it really affirmed my beliefs as a teacher and our approach to learning in the IB Zhao does a really good job at explaining why the PISA scores are meaningless in determining the effectiveness of an education system.I was shocked to realise that with China s huge population, they have never, not even once received a Nobel prize I was also surprised to learn that The Chinese government has tried to reform the education system Apparently it is illegal for there to be h [...]

    5. Zhao provides an at times compelling, at times simplistic, analysis of the Chinese education system and the lessons it provides for the west In short, Zhao argues that the incentive structure of the Chinese education system dis incentivizes the sort of innovative thinking needed for a 21st century society and economy while incentivizing cheating, corruption, and submission to authority It s a thesis that goes against the grain of modern American thinking about education, and one I have a lot of [...]

    6. At location 2400, I read that due to the hierarchically organized society, that has developed in China over many years, government officials hoping to be promoted work hard to please their superiors In addition, the Confucian tradition of piety and loyalty deeply rooted in Chinese culture dictates absolute obedience to authority be it the emperor, father, or government official When a higher level official expresses a desire, lower level officials adopt it as an order and pass it on to their sub [...]

    7. This book follows China s authoritarian culture and how it affects the education system and its values It explores government and education starting from 600 AD to modern day This book closely follows the government because government reforms also lead to education reforms The book discusses how the top school in China functions and how it affects the area around the school The book explores various problems with the education system including homogenization, fraud and westernization I really fo [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this book I m currently coaching debate to high schoolers in Shanghai In addition to critical thinking, logic, and speaking skills, I stress creativity and let the students decide what arguments they want to run and try not to stifle their imagination The jist of this book is Authoritarianism stifles creativity and diversity This seems self evident but the implications in American education and Chinese education are really important though.The two thousand year old history of im [...]

    9. Another important book my friends should try China and especially Shanghai are being lauded as a model for US education The test scores of select Chinese schools are awesome, but their education system still sucks The author gives a brief rundown of Chinese politics for 2000 years and how those philosophies led to their current education system.The single person doing the most damage to education in Utah, State Senator Howard Stephenson, visited Shanghai in recent months He praised their system [...]

    10. It s unfortunate that the people that should be reading this book are our politicians and policy makers and they will most likely never even see a reference to its existence Why would anyone in the position of power want to acknowledge the content of the real facts that are laid out in this work when they can align themselves with the corporate interests that are destroying the U.S Educational system The points that are made in this book are spot on, but they are going to reverberate through the [...]

    11. Zhao provides good historical context for understanding why the Chinese education system is the way it is, as well as an overview of efforts to reform it The book lays out an ironic international shift Western nations romanticizing and emulating core elements of an authoritarian educational system while China struggles mostly unsuccessfully to rid itself of some of those very elements by emulating Western education ideals There are some ivory tower generalizations of American education that are [...]

    12. This is a short and easy to read book I felt title and the description were misleading This book is about China and the Chinese people than Chinese education I don t know if we really needed to know as much about the Chinese emperors and the imperial system The author seems to blame the problems with Chinese education on the old system of tests Still to an American reader who reads all sorts of praises about Shanghai, this books gives a good counter argument We cannot judge Chinese education on [...]

    13. A very important read for any educator It should be required As an international educator in China I have been very interested in the PISA results, not because Chinese people talk about them, but because the Western education seems use it as an indicator to change Which is such an odd statement for a country with no Nobel prizes in math or chemistry, and no world changing Steve Jobs s They have FANTASTIC test takers That s about it right now Zhao does an excellent job of telling us why, and sort [...]

    14. A fascinating insight into the history of the Chinese educational system Zhao warns the West against the idolization of China s perceived educational successes, and illustrates the paradox of a nation that understands the need for change, but is unable or unwilling enact it.

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