Educating Young Giants carries readers into Chinese and American elementary and high school classrooms and highlights the big differences between schools in China and the United States. Drawing from many experiences in schools in both countries and conversations with students, teachers, and parents,  it shows how China and America need to extract themselves from outmoded practices. Parents, educators, and policymakers can implement practical solutions by drawing the best from both systems.

Praise for Educating Young Giants

A must read! Educating Young Giants is an insightful comparison of educational philosophies and practices between China and the U.S. This book has the potential to create a new learning experience based on the best from both countries. — Alice S. Huang, California Institute of Technology
This book is exceptionally timely and badly needed! Educating Young Giants will prove required reading for anyone with an interest in parenting, education, and the intertwined fates of America and China.” — Eric Maisel, author of Coaching the Artist Within and Rethinking Depression

Meet Nancy

Nancy PineNancy Pine has taught American elementary students, teachers of elementary students—and, over all that time, accumulated a 20-year history of cross-cultural research with her counterparts in China. In the process she has learned one basic fundamental truth: we both want what the other has. Americans want more studious, focused students who are also good at math; the Chinese want innovative students who can create imaginative ideas. Educating Young Giants delves into the heart of these desires and differences. Continue Reading

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