Educating Young Giants


Educating Young Giants

Educating Young Giants is the first book to compare Chinese and American elementary and high school education, a key topic for both nations.

Both China and the United States want what the other has. Chinese teachers and parents want to understand how to produce students who are innovative like Americans. Americans want to have students learn math and become more studious like the Chinese. Educating Young Giants investigates the desires of both. But we can’t just copy one another. We need to understand what we each do well and adopt the best practices for our schools.

Educating Young Giants digs into teachers’ roles, into beliefs in whether natural ability or hard work is most important, and how teaching styles affect student work. These and other critical topics highlight how we can improve our schools and have our students thrive in the global 21st century. There’s nothing more important than the best education for our future generations. We can learn from the Chinese, and they can learn from us. Learn more in Educating Young Giants.



Praise for Educating Young Giants

“This is a lively, informative book that covers a wide range of pressing educational questions by a wise educator with extensive experience studying teaching and learning in both China and the United States. It is loaded with vivid descriptions based on firsthand experience of dramatic differences in how Chinese and American parents and teachers approach the task of educating contemporary children.” —Joseph Tobin, The Hall Professor of Education, University of Georgia, and author of Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited: China, Japan, and the United States

“Dr. Pine has spent twenty years studying educational practices in classrooms throughout China and the United States with observant eyes, clarity of description, and insight that allows us to see what we have not seen before: the strengths and challenges of each system. The brilliance of Pine’s book exemplifies how educators in China and the United States can learn from and with each other in an international professional community that she has nurtured throughout her career. This book is for academics in universities and practitioners in classrooms, school districts, and state departments of education.” —Dr. Christelle Estrada, Secondary English Language Arts Specialist, Utah State Office of Education

“Educating Young Giants is a delightfully-written book geared toward educators that is fully accessible to the general public and policymakers. From detailed observations and interviews based on 30 different visits to China over roughly the past quarter-century, Nancy Pine charts an education-reform future relevant to both countries. Educating Young Giants is an essential and enjoyable read for anyone who cares about education.” —Richard Shavelson, Chief Research Officer, SK Partners, LLC, and Margaret Jacks Professor of Education, Emeritus, Stanford University

“A fascinating book about teaching, learning, and the contrasting styles of the Chinese and U.S. education and cultural systems. Pine finds a way to highlight the best features of each system from a deep, practical understanding of both, offering a pathway for global collaboration in the twentieth-century. Whether you are a parent or an educator, you will find this book difficult to put down. Neither China nor the U.S. can afford to ignore or put aside the concepts brought forth in Pine’s fascinating book about the underpinnings of the educational and cultural systems of both countries.” —Louis Carrillo, Elementary School Principal, Los Angeles Unified School District

“Educating Young Giants is an important book, especially for all concerned people in China and the United States, in which the author, based on a twenty-year ongoing study, compares and contrasts the educational systems of the two most important countries in the world today.” —Thayer Scudder, Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, California Institute of Technology