With a spirited public discussion on education reform by politicians, educators, and the media reaching critical mass, it is somewhat comforting to witness such a concerted effort to solve America’s education problems. Such extensive attention to reform leads to a thought-provoking question: Why are we in this mess?
China’s emphasis on the all-important gaokao (college entrance exams) unintentionally creates three roadblocks toward premier status: 1) it sustains an anachronistic culture of rote learning in a modern era; and 2) it creates a social and economic divide; and 3) it sustains a thriving industry of fraud that jeopardizes China’s legitimate power.
There has always been a perennially narrow focus on education reform. Currently, the public debate has concentrated on two things: teachers and charter schools, but these debates are misguided.
The recent controversy over New York City School Chancellor-designate Cathie Black has brought to mind the age-old question about what constitutes an effective leader: one with remarkable managerial skills or professional expertise?
The latest results of PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) merely confirm what pundits are saying about the burgeoning global dominance of China. Is the US ready to confront this reality?