World Class Learners Blog Post 1

Blog Post 1

  • Use a mindmap Web 2.0 tool to outline a debate between the head of the National Governor’s Association, Sir Ken Robinson, and Yong Zhao about Global homogenization: International benchmarking.


  • Before reading any father, how would you predict that an “entrepreneurial mindset” (Zhao, 2012, p. 5) would change education today? What would be some specific changes at your school if we truly embraced this mindset toward education at your school?

In my opinion, an entrepreneurial mindset would change education by altering how students are assessed as well as changing how the content is taught. I do not believe lessons would be driven by core content standards if schools were thinking with an entrepreneurial mindset. What would be important to teach is ways of thinking. There would be a lot more freedom as to how basics are presented, such as reading and math. There would definitely be little to no testing taking place if education was based on an entrepreneurial mindset. Assessing would be done through project and presentations. Students would be given choices as to what they would create to be assessed on. The skills learned through doing this would be deemed important because those skills are what employers are looking for in employees. If things like those mentioned above occurred, I believe the graduation rate would go up and the unemployment rate would go down.

There are so many instances right now where students graduating from high school and college are unemployable because they lack the skills necessary for the jobs of today. I saw this cartoon the other day.


Students are just being taught how to memorize information, not how to take what they know and apply it to situations. One of the main problems are that employers “find today’s college graduates severely lacking in some basic skills, particularly problem solving, decision making, and the ability to prioritize tasks” (Selingo, 2015). What’s really scary is that the students have a false sense of security, because they have attained good grades, which were based on standardized tests. These graduates believe they are truly ready and qualified for the workforce, but they aren’t (Hyde & Bravo, 2015).


Cartoon Taking Tests. (n.d.). [Image]. Retrieved from

Hyde, J. & Bravo, A. (2015, September 21). Students think they’re ready for the real world; employers, not so much. Retrieved from

ISTE. (2012, July 9). ISTE 2012 Tuesday keynote featuring yong zhao. Retrieved from

Selingo, J. J. (2015, January 26). Why are so many college students failing to gain job skills before graduation? Retrieved from

TED 2006. (2006, February). Ken robinson: Do schools kill creativity? Retrieved from

TED 2007. (2007, March). Gever tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do. Retrieved from

Zhao, Y. (2012). World class leaners: Educating creative and entrepreneurial students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

3 thoughts on “World Class Learners Blog Post 1

  1. Jennifer, the cartoon speaks volumes and it is spot on. You are correct when you say students are being taught how to memorize information, just by using rote memory. That is a very low-level comprehension task. “Education should be about enhancing human talents (Zhao, 2012).” As a whole, our education system today does not allow all teachers to do so. Yes, it’s terrifying that students are lacking the necessary skills to go out into the workforce truly ready. “The challenge of all of us is to aggressively start to implement and fan those brush fires of innovation that are out there (Lichtman, 2013).”


    T. (2013). What 60 Schools Can Tell Us About Teaching 21st Century Skills: Grant Lichtman at TEDxDenverTeachers. Retrieved October 08, 2016, from

    Zhao, Y. (2012). World class learners: Educating creative and entrepreneurial students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

  2. After reading this entry I realized your right kids are simply memorizing information to score higher on the state standardized tests. Teachers really don’t have the opportunity to teach students anything useful in the real world. I am not saying teachers don’t teach anything but it’s more of a structured approach not allowing for student exploration and extra practice. Students need to be able actually have hands on experiences and additional time.

  3. Steele, first I wanted to say that I like your mind map. Most mind maps came up rather tiny to the sight, but yours wasn’t. I wanted to chime in on the discussion of what it would be like at our schools were we to embrace the modern way of education. I believe if we did, we would see a spike in creativity, pioneering of novel ideas and paradigms, etc. I would not want to dub it entrepreneurship at this level, but with proliferation of this form of education, entrepreneurship would emerge. There is a reason doctoral students write dissertations: to add to knowledge. Imagine that the task of adding to knowledge were the duty of ALL students (K-12 to graduate students). The ubiquity of knowledge would blossom the garden of education.

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