We often hear quotes by very important people that bash our system and our current state of affairs.
"America's high schools are obsolete." - Bill Gates
"Our schools have been underperforming for 25 years. America is slipping farther and farther behind the rest of the world academically because we have been unable to enact meaningful reforms or substantially improve student in learning in the last quarter century." - Strong American Schools, 2008Zhao makes an argument that questions if the system is broken.
Why is it that Americans still receive over two-thirds of the patents issued per year?
Zhao labels China as the "Worlds Factory." They manufacture goods that have been thought of in America. Very little innovation occurs in China, even with the large amount of college graduates.
Is it the American education system that is the strength? Lack of standardization in the past may have attributed to the creativity and individuality that allows innovation to bloom.
"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference" - Jane GoodallZhao explains that China operates under a rigid standardized system, and leaders realize that even though they may score high on international testing, they fail to produce innovators. Due to this understanding they are making the shift away from standardization and beginning to mimic the educational system in the United States.
As I finish up, Zhao poses an interesting question, is there a correlation between high international test scores and a nations' overall success? Anyone read any research supporting this belief?
By the way, I am not saying we don't have our problems in our schools by any means. Zhao does provide some good points though.