A tremendous complement to Michael Fullan's Stratosphere 2012 or Donald Treffinger, Scott Isaken, and Brian Dorval's Creative Problem Solving 2000. This book should be required for all those interested in education, but most significantly, those preparing for careers in the field. Mark Zuckerbergs come and go; the thoughtful citizen is far more endangered and crucial than another Steve Jobs-Zuckerberg type, whose reach and control are troubling, to say the least. Even if the practical elements can be easily overcome, it taints schooling and learning in a way I am not comfortable with to shift its emphasis so whole-heartedly to product development and sales. Places like Singapore, China and Japan are much better at it than we are, but they are trying to modifying their education system to turn out more entrepreneurs. In fact, I would argue a single bar in itself is discriminatory because it favors one type of ability over others, while other abilities may be as valuable.
You may not transmit any derivative work from this material. The challenge is to provide schools with the autonomy to innovate with an entrepreneurial spirit and to resist the pressures for more centralized command-and-control approaches to change in schools. In his latest book, World Class Learners , Yong Zhao has forcefully challenged us to focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. Having spent his youth in China and his adulthood in the U. As Zhao points out, the world is changing so rapidly, and the context that our schools and institutions of higher education confront is so dynamic that we must embrace the need for change and make adjustments or potentially lose the franchise for preparing the next generation of educators.
China wants Jobs - Steve Jobs. If we ignore our opportunity to do so, our future is, at best, uncertain. Countries are now getting away from that standardized model, while we have flipped our thinking towards chasing test scores. Zhao himself exemplifies the creative entrepreneur, someone who roams across disciplines to synthesize new ideas based on insight and research. Third, and most fully, we can describe the ideal educations for developing this most important objective, and it is a combination of the What: student autonomy and voice; the How, Product-Oriented Learning; and the Where: Globally, in every way we can.
General readers; upper-division undergraduate students and above. Because of that, he seeks to push back, push back hard against the entire agenda, and he is right to do so. If we ignore Yong Zhao's warning, we risk hurtling back to an industrial model of standardization and conformity. In this, his latest book, he looks the entrepreneur as the model for what it will take make one's way in the 21st century. In May I delivered a graduation address about social entrepreneurship, arguing that that term captures most of what I meant when I said leader and innovator. Zhao has established himself as one of the most compelling voices in 21st century education. Yong Zhao is Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, College of Education at the University of Oregon, where he is a full professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy and Leadership.
Researcher and Professor Yong Zhao unlocks the secrets to cultivating independent thinkers who are willing and able to create jobs and contribute positively to the globalized society. My main concern is that he calls for a radical paradigm shift without providing substantial evidence or convincing data to support his ideas. Products are created with highly psychological content. The unrelenting focus on high-stakes testing, the narrowing of the curriculum, and the continuing faith in outdated models of schooling ensure that they are short-changing students and weakening their societies and economies. Zhao, as many others have also done, makes a strong case against standardized testing. In case helpful, I just posted about Value-based Learning here: And I wrestle with the Entrepreneurial Learner concept here:.
However, I would be wary of taking a position quite as strongly stated as the following: Only when children learn what they want to learn and being to take the responsibility for learning and living can they stay truly engaged. Zhao chooses the term entrepreneur, and to my reading, it is 90%+ the same. Add your comment below, or from your own site. Surely there are logistical, legal, bureaucratic obstacles as well. It debunks the idea of high standardised test scores as being a true measure of potential. The article stated that most of the students are doing quite well and very well in school but want to make sure they get the highest possible scores on A or O level exams or the Primary School Leaving Exam in gr.
The chapter concludes with an inspiring call to bring the ethos of the maker movement into schooling, which I am all for, and to end the culture of consumption in our school-houses. It contradicts the need to develop our young people's creativity and entrepreneurship. Researcher and Professor Yong Zhao unlocks the secrets to cultivating independent thinkers who are willing and able to create jobs and contribute positively to the globalized society. Entrepreneurship Gap: The Myth of Education Giants 5. The good news in this book is that there are outliers of preferred practice in schools around the world. He is truly an ed transformer, trying to articulate the outcomes that will matter most to our 21st century students.
Entrepreneurs are redefined in the book and there are different types: policy entrepreneurs, business entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and social entrepreneurs. Moreover, its implications for the field of teacher preparation are profound, and the ideas presented in the book should become the basis for significant discussion within our field. He theorizes that an educational model used to achieve high scores has the undesirable effect of suffocating the entrepreneurial qualities of creativity, risk taking, collaboration and opportunity recognition — all qualities shown to be valuable in the workforce of the 21 st century. Along with Zuckerberg, Facebook has produced a few other young billionaires and created jobs for thousands of people. The E-mail message field is required. The challenge is to provide schools with the autonomy to innovate with an entrepreneurial spirit and to resist the pressures for more centralized command-and-control approaches to change in schools. I live in western Canada.
The main argument is that even though nations like China and Japan outscore the U. In spite of the obstacles our mania for test scores have put in the way, Zhao shows us how educators and students are succeeding on this path. He blames this failure on national curricula and standardized testing. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best and Worst Education System in the World, Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. If you are interested how education should be this is a book for you. I rated this 4 stars until reading the last chapter.