Recent Presentations

Talks related to Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (And Don’t Learn) in China and America, given in venues in various parts of the U.S. Two video tapes:

At the spring lecture of the School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University, April 2014

At the packed Yale-China Association Fireside Chat, October 2013.

World Cultures in Education Annual Lecture. School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. February 2015.
A graduate student seminar about what the United States can learn from other cultures plus a presentation given with two other international education experts.

What Kids Learn and Don’t Learn in Chinese and U.S. Schools. San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, California. April 2014.
This talk highlighting the differences of education was followed by a lively discussion about what can be learned from each and how each system hampers some types of education.

How to Use Western Teaching Techniques in Chinese Schools. Teachers of the Yangpu District, Shanghai, China. December 2013.
A workshop with Shanghai elementary school teachers struggling with how to have more interesting, interactive learning in their classrooms while meeting traditional demands that keep them to a pacing schedule and prepare students for exams.

What Does Creativity Mean in Chinese Education? International Conference of the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK), Chinese University of Hong Kong, February 2013.
Using interviews of middle class parents and classroom observations, this presentation highlighted the eagerness of Chinese parents to provide their children with creative opportunities and their hesitancy in how to do that, while showing that many Chinese teachers value student responses that adhere to textbook information and do not encourage student questions or independent comments. PDF of a related article.