Education Matters

3rd Annual Jolita Hylland Benson Education Lecture:  “Catching up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization” by Dr. Yong Zhao on March 17, 2012. 

At a time when globalization and technology are dramatically altering the world we live in, is education reform in the United States headed down the right path? Are schools emphasizing the knowledge and skills that students need in a global society? Are education systems in China and other countries really as superior as some people claim?

Dr. Yong Zhao addresses these and other questions based on his book of the same title. Born and raised in China and now a professor at the University of Oregon, Zhao bases many of his observations on extensive research and firsthand experience as a student in China and as a parent of children attending school in the United States. His unique perspective leads him to conclude that “American education is at a crossroads” and “we need to change course” to maintain leadership in a rapidly changing world.

Dr. Yong Zhao is currently Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, College of Education at the University of Oregon, where he also serves as the director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE). He is a fellow of the International Academy for Education.

Click here for slides from Dr. Zhao's presentation.

2nd Annual Jolita Hylland Benson Education Lecture:  "Moving the Needle on Adolescent Literacy".  Dr. Deshler presented on March 10, 2011.

Click the links below to view Dr. Don Deshler's presentation,

Presentation - First Half

Presentation - Second Half