Yong Zhao’s Conclusion: U.S. Doesn’t Produce Compliant, Homogenous Employees

Multiple studies and organizations have been saying this for years!  Yong Zhao puts it succinctly in his conclusion to this essay.

The only reason to boost standardized testing is to standardize our kids in preparation for a workforce run by Wall Street, who wishes to pay as little and with as few benefits as possible.  Think that’s a conspiracy theory?  Keep watching.  It’ll start to come out.

Here’s the conclusion that Yong Zhao puts forth.  Our economic future depends on it.  Funny how South Korea realizes it now better than we do.

“So far all international test scores measure the extent to which an education system effectively transmits prescribed content.

In this regard, the U.S. education system is a failure and has been one for a long time.

But the successful transmission of prescribed content contributes little to economies that require creative and entrepreneurial individual talents and in fact can damage the creative and entrepreneurial spirit. Thus high test scores of a nation can come at the cost of entrepreneurial and creative capacity.

While the U.S. has failed to produce homogenous, compliant, and standardized employees, it has preserved a certain level of creativity and entrepreneurship. In other words, while the U.S. is still pursuing an employee-oriented education model, it is much less successful in stifling creativity and suppressing entrepreneurship.”

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About Kris Nielsen
Kris L. Nielsen has been a middle grades educator and instructional leader for ten years in New Mexico, Oregon, and North Carolina. He is a graduate of Western Governors University’s Master of Science Education program, with emphasis on child development and instructional technology. Kris is an activist against corporate education reforms and has had his writing featured in several online magazines and blogs, including those of the Washington Post and Diane Ravitch. Kris currently lives in New Mexico with his young son and beautiful wife.

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