Category Archives: Chinese & American Education

Educating Young Giants now in Chinese

In Chinese! Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (And Don’t Learn) in China and America is now in Chinese, translated by Xinhua Publishing. Title:中美基础教育大碰撞 ISBN: 978-7-5166-0983-5

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Yetta Goodman Endorsement

I am very pleased to share an endorsement received from dedicated educator and internationally known professor, Yetta Goodman. She has studied literacy development in many cultures and provided literacy researchers with valuable insights about how children become successful readers and … Continue reading

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A 60-Year-Old Insight

Written after the devastation of World War II, the young women graduating from The Dominican College of San Rafael in California devoted energy and imagination to creating a book dedicated to understanding China. Over 60 years ago, they introduced their … Continue reading

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Deborah Meier Lauds Educating Young Giant

In her widely distributed Education Week dialogue with Diane Ravitch about their very different views of schooling and how to give children the learning opportunities they deserve, Deborah Meier wrote recently ~ I wish I had read Nancy Pine’s Educating … Continue reading

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Middle School Reality in China

For several years I have been observing in the classrooms of a friend’s son—first in elementary school and most recently in his first year of middle school. Zheng Zheng heartily disliked elementary school. He would tell me at length about … Continue reading

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Endorsement from Karen Worth

A recent endorsement from Karen Worth, an internationally known science educator at Wheelock College in the Department of Elementary Education.  She is planning to use the Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (And Don’t Learn) in China and America in … Continue reading

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Longer School Days at HuffPost

Posted a few days ago, this Huffington Post blog about the knee-jerk desire to increase the length of school days–in a furtive effort to improve education–has drawn some interesting responses. Join me there.

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Exam Pressure and Ancient Traditions

Zheng-Zheng and his friend bent over their first grade homework at the small table in the family apartment, fingers pressed against pencils as they meticulously made each line in the day’s new characters. Their concentration was absolute as they repeated … Continue reading

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Illiteracy Strikes

I must have slept, but well before dawn I was dressed and peering down at the awakening street from my room at the Foreign Language Institute on the northern outskirts of Shanghai. The soft yellow light of a small shop … Continue reading

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Chinglish

A year before the Beijing Olympics an article in China Daily, China’s English language newspaper, described a war in Beijing against “baffling English translations” sometimes referred to as “Chinglish.” Some of them are, indeed, amusing to monolingual English speakers or … Continue reading

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