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As part of our Thought Leader series, ECOSYS is providing a discussion forum on thinkers with important K12 perspectives.


YONG ZHAO is Chair and Associate Dean of the College of Education at the University of Oregon.  He is outspoken in his concerns about education in America, and brings his intimate knowledge of the Chinese education system to drive interesting and important comparisons about K12 in the West.


His recent book is Catching Up or Leading the Way (2009).

Zhao's blog is at ZhaoLearning.com


Additional articles will be posted HERE, as they are offered.


CHAT OUTLINE Scheduled for 3/11 9p EST, following this outline, provided by our own Gregg Miller, who recently had a chance to see Yong Zhao speak in Alberta, CN.


  • Q1 We are trying to be like China, they are trying to be like us. What is happening here? 
  • Q2 Why does N.America have more patents, discoveries & Nobel laureates than anywhere else?
  • Q3 Lack of standards places value on individual contributions. Discuss diversity aspect.
  • Q4 Before NCLB, curriculum valued whole child via a decentralized model. What has been lost?


We'll add the ZHAO transcript here (printed to PDF from chrome) at end of session.

Please RT and/or Favorite additional tweets for anything we missed here.  We can come back to ZHAO again. 


What is Ecosys?

It's a conversation about change in our social ecosystems, currently focused on K12 Education.  Here's more on our framing and our wiki frontpage brightspots topics



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