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Yong Zhao

Education expert says emphasis on uniform standards stifles creativity

By Christine Donnelly

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 25, 2013

~~<p>Yong Zhao is no fan of the Common Core standards. Why risk the very traits that made America great &mdash; ingenuity, confidence and entrepreneurial zeal &mdash; in a quest for conformity in U.S. public schools? Zhao, the associate dean for global and online education at the University of Oregon, continually raises this question as he encourages schools to capitalize on a technological era that allows students to deeply explore subjects they care about and to share their ideas with the world.</p>
<p>The author of more than 20 books, including &quot;World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students,&quot; and &quot;Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Era of Globalization,&quot; Zhao engages educators around the world, in person and online. As a creator of the online learning platform ObaWorld, he's making headway with research arguing that personalized learning is not an aspiration, but a necessity in a world that has fundamentally changed.</p>
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Yong Zhao is no fan of the Common Core standards. Why risk the very traits that made America great — ingenuity, confidence and entrepreneurial zeal — in a quest for conformity in U.S. public schools? Zhao, the associate dean for global and online education at the University of Oregon, continually raises this question as he encourages schools to capitalize on a technological era that allows students to deeply explore subjects they care about and to share their ideas with the world.

The author of more than 20 books, including "World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students," and "Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Era of Globalization," Zhao engages educators around the world, in person and online. As a creator of the online learning platform ObaWorld, he's making headway with research arguing that personalized learning is not an aspiration, but a necessity in a world that has fundamentally changed. Login for more...



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