[Susan notes: Although I am antagonistic toward calls for "21st models for education," the author makes excellent points. ]
To the editor
The best thing that could happen to U.S. education policy would be for educators to heed the hints in Yong Zhao's Commentary about changes in China's approach to education ("A Pause Before Plunging Through the China Looking Glass," May 10, 2006). I recently returned from a two-month trip to Thailand, where education reform is mirroring China's for basically the same reasons. While I suspect that success will be difficult for the Thais because of tradition and other factors, they certainly aren't looking to emulate current American trends.
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