Publication Date: November 29, 2019
Discover how education innovations can produce astonishing results in student success both in and out of school. The educators featured in this book were motivated by the conviction that even the best status quo education was not serving current student needs. They responded with radical changes that tap into recent ideas about educational transformation: personalization, student-driven curriculum, student agency and co-ownership of learning direction, school-sheltered student entrepreneurship, student-led civic projects, creativity education, and product-oriented learning. Readers will find carefully researched and detailed stories of on-the-ground models where students learn empathy, cooperation, creativity, and self-management, alongside rigorous academics. Together these stories provide insight into the process of innovation and the elements that can make change successful. An Education Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste will inspire educators in ordinary situations to take extraordinary actions toward a new paradigm of education in which all students can flourish.
Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy at Victoria University in Australia. Trina E. Emler is a doctoral candidate and a multi-disciplinary research assistant at the University of Kansas and an international education consultant for YEE Education. Anthony Snethen is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas and a middle school English teacher. Danqing Yin is a doctoral student and a first-year experience instructor at the University of Kansas.
“Challenging the status quo of prescribed curriculum, standardized accountability, ‘one-size-fits-all’ teaching and rigid school structures, the authors offer a vision of what a modern education could be. Using case studies and illustrative stories, the authors paint tangible and compelling pictures of innovation in action. If you are an educator or policymaker who believes that education can (and should) be more authentic, personalized, product-oriented, and entrepreneurial, this book is for you.”
—Jay McTighe, consultant and author
“Zhao has, again, written an education book that one cannot put down. He has a profound ability to describe how the world is changing, and that schools should as well. He brings his unique international perspective along with a deep understanding of what great schools look like and how others can learn from them.”
—Larry Rosenstock, CEO, High Tech High
“In An Education Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste, Yong Zhao provides both a cornucopia of optimism and a set of concrete pathways for major rebuilding of the K–12 learning experience. He shows how ordinary educators have done extraordinary things at schools just like yours. This is a must-read for school teams seeking seeds of proven success that will ignite truly transformative change.”
—Grant Lichtman, internationally recognized thought leader and author