World Class Learners Blog Post 3

1.      Create a lesson plan or design an activity for your grade level that uses It needs to be at least at a CReaTE level 3 or higher across all four components.

Using the Bad Teeth per Child (12 yr) chart at, students will review the information presented in the chart.

As a class, a discussion will take place about how to read the chart and what it tells you.

Working in partners, students will identify 5 countries with the highest amounts of bad teeth and hypothesize as to why these countries may have high rates of tooth decay, conducting research as necessary.

Based upon information learned about the countries with the higher amounts of tooth decay in 12 year olds, students will use Microsoft Publisher to create an informative brochure about dental health and its importance that could be handed out to families with young children.

Possible items to include in the brochure are: basic information about how to keep teeth clean and healthy, alternative ways to keep teeth clean when certain resources aren’t available, how dental health is linked to overall health. Each brochure needs to have references cited, a clear title and heading for each section, and at least 2 graphics or images.


1 – Novice 2 – Apprentice 3 – Proficient 4 – Distinguished
Required Items ·         Some items are included: references, title & heading, no graphics/pictures ·         All items are included: references, title & heading, no graphics/pictures ·         All items are included: references, title & heading, 2 graphics/pictures ·         All items are included: references, title & heading, 3+ graphics/pictures
Grammar/Accurate Information ·         5 + spelling or grammatical errors.

·         Most information is accurate.

·         3-5 spelling or grammatical errors.

·         All information is accurate.

·         1-2 spelling or grammatical errors.

·         All information is accurate.

·         No spelling or grammatical errors.

·         All information is accurate.


3.     Zhao says, “The US economy is three times as large as the second largest economy in the world, China which has four times the population…the United States is still viewed as the hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship…American education operates under the same paradigm as the Chinese education system.” So what are differences in the two countries’ school systems? Don’t forget to use sources other than Zhao to support your response.

China’s education system is about memorizing information and facts, not about learning how to think. Students can find the answer but could not explain why they need to know how to do what they are doing or how it applies to the world. Its system is extremely focused on scoring well on standardized tests. Students have no freedom to pursue their own interests. Creativity has been thrown out the window. The education system provides the only way for students to be successful in life. If one is not successful at school in China, they will not be successful in life. Their one purpose is to do well in school and find a good job, rather than using entrepreneurial skills to create new jobs (Zhao, 2012).

While the US education system is designed like that of China’s, it is not implemented in the same manner. Students are still given choices. They can pursue their interests and are not doomed for the rest of their lives if they are not successful in school. There are so many more options for students in the US. Teachers spend much time teaching students how to do things and how to think along with attempting to have students memorize facts (Zhao, 2012). Schools often have students creating and completing assignments that require students to use skills they would need for a future career, whereas in China people often don’t learn these skills until they are adults and/or already in the workplace (Wang, 2012). There is a trend now occurring where students from China are coming to the US to attend college, because “schools in China equal boring and pure memorizing [while] schools in the United States are places of studying” (Barlow, 2013).

For our changing world, the type of education students receive in the US may actually be more beneficial than what students receive in China. The US students may be better able to create new jobs to replace the disappearing ones in our global economy.


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


6 thoughts on “World Class Learners Blog Post 3

  1. I love your Gapminder activity about dental health! I think the students would really enjoy this. Also, I am glad our school system isn’t like China’s. I just about that this isn’t what we are evolving into. I know with so much emphasis on test scores, it sometimes feels like we are. I found a good article that talks also talks about the differences between American and Chinese schools. Here is the link:
    It is nice to know maybe we aren’t as far behind China as everyone believes we are!

  2. Gapminder is a neat tool, I like seeing all the different possibilities. What grade do you teach? I can see using this with my class that is 4th grade. I could see also adding choices like 2.0 web tool, along with the brochure about dental health.

    While doing our assigned reading I also saw several similarities and differences between both educational systems. I think the U.S. has made progress with many of the new common core standards. According to an article published by NEA, the best thing about common core is adding creativity back into the classroom (Long, 2013 ), which I feel like China’s education system takes away all creativity by doing the many things you mentioned in your post.

    Long, C. (2013, May 10). Six Ways the Common Core is Good For Students – NEA Today. Retrieved October 30, 2016, from

  3. Another article I read (that was linked from Jennifer’s article) said that 1/3 of the wealthiest families wanted to send their students abroad for secondary school. If their schools are so good, I wonder why they want to send their students to another country for secondary school. I would guess this has to do with a more well rounded education outside of China. China focuses on the core subjects, rote, and memorization, while other countries focus on how and why students are learning, and focus on the process. This is important to helping inspire and create entrepreneurs.

    Chu, B. (2013, December 3). China’s schools might not be the best. Independent. Retrieved from

  4. I like your lesson plan and I think it would be beneficial to inform students on good hygiene. It might even help parents get their children to brush their teeth more frequently without complaining if they realized what happens when they don’t take care of their teeth.
    I agree that China needs to make some serious changes. Abrami agrees by making the point that if the Chinese government intends to transform China into “an innovative society” by 2020 and a world leader in science and technology by 2050, they have to make some serious changes (2014). I also agree that China needs to stop the memorization and teaching in isolation. The ASCD makes a good point that a creative and innovative curriculum emphasizes big ideas and conceptual patterns rather than discrete information taught in isolation (ASCD, 2011). China would have to shift its paradigm to an education system that values and encourages creative talents, natural curiosity, and engaging in team building activities.

    Abrami, Regina (2014). Why China can’t innovate. Retrieved from

    ASCD (2009). Promoting creativity and innovation in the classroom. Retrieved from

  5. I believe this topic and discussion could be useful for all grades! Many kids are not taught anything about hygiene.
    China needs to loosen up on only looking at the students rate of failure; their success is key to them becoming productive and happy citizens.

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