Dr. Yong Zhao, presidential chair and associate dean for global education at the University of Oregon, told a packed room this morning at the ISTE 2012 keynote session that the United States is on the wrong educational path.
Zhao, who studies global education practices, used the keynote address to advocate for reducing emphasis on traditional models of assessment in education.
“I would love the common core standards if they were not common or core. I love standards, I love the NETS, but they are not common or core,” he said.
Instead, Zhao argued for an education system that recognizes the diversity of talents evident in our students.
“We are all born with the capacity to create and to enterprise. I don’t think American schools have been able to teach creativity better than other schools. Creativity cannot be taught, but it can be killed. American schools don’t teach creativity but they kill it less successfully,” Zhao said.
The educators in attendance responded enthusiastically to Zhoa’s remarks.
“It was an amazing talk because he brings to life what’s really important in education right now. Not worrying about test scores but thinking more about creativity and entrepreneurism,” said Julie Hembree, a librarian from Sammamish, Wash. “Just validating that creativity and the things that we’re doing in our classroom has value and it’s not just the bottom line of the test score is amazing.”
Zhao has published more than 100 articles and 20 books, including Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. To learn more about his work and download the slides from today’s presentation, visit Zhao’s website at http://zhaolearning.com/.
The morning event started with the recognition of longtime ISTE employee Anita McAnear who will retire this summer. Anita’s has been instrumental in the development of ISTE’s programs and vision. She has also dramatically shaped the ISTE conference experience.