The ISTE final keynote by Yong Zhao Trim was especially meaningful to me – an international school educator living in China who has a background in Oregon public education.
I’ve watched many changes unfold over the past eleven years – both in the United States and China. I especially focused on the differences and changes in the Chinese and American education systems.
Yong Zhoa Trim’s keynote sums up much of what I have observed: Federal laws and other US initiatives aspire to make US students perform as well as Chinese students on standardized tests. Chinese families are clambering to give their students an American education with the hopes that they might become the next Steve Jobs.
This keynote has come up in a number of conversations the past month or so. I’d like to share it with everyone as a perspective that should be considered when discussing “educational achievement.”
What do you think? Is there a balance between achievement as measured by tests and achievement as measured by creativity/innovation?
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