Based on current understanding of human abilities, every child can be great. This book brings research from different disciplines to show where children's strengths and passions can be found and argues that in order to teach for greatness, we need to make education personalizable. The author uses examples and stories throughout the book to describe practices that have gone awry and, more importantly, ones that have worked, especially with disadvantaged children.
Yong Zhao currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. 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. He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of the 2012 10 most influential people in educational technology by the Tech & Learn Magazine. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education. His latest book World Class Learners has won several awards including the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2013), Association of Education Publishers' (AEP) Judges' Award and Distinguished Achievement Award in Education Leadership(2013). See flyers for Zhao's books Never Send a Human to Do a Machine's Job and the World Class Learners bundle.
Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction: Stop Looking at My Bad Leg Chapter 1: The Ambitious Pursuit of Mediocrity: How Education Curtails Children's Potential for Greatness Chapter 2: All Children Are Above the Average: The Potential for Greatness Chapter 3: A Musician Must Make Music: The Need to Be Great Chapter 4: Take Control: Personalizable Education for Greatness Chapter 5: Trust Me: Realizing Personalizable Education References Index