I was re-reading Yong Zhao’s book this weekend, Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization since he is one of the keynotes at our conference in Portland on Friday. I came across a short passage of where he describes Singapore engaging in curriculum reform. One of them is titled: Thinking Schools, Learning Nation which aims to “develop all students into active learners with critical thinking skills and to develop a creative and critical thinking culture within schools.”
There was also another policy document from Singapore “which called for a more varied curriculum, a focus on learning rather than teachin, and more autonomy for schools and teachers.”
So while schools jump on the latest bandwagon to adopt Singapore math (well it’s been around for a while, so it’s not that new) they need to ask themselves: Will it improve learning?
I’m excited to hear him speak. Born in China, Zhao is an advocate for American education and warns us not to emulate China or other Asian education systems.
Here’s his website. Enjoy.