June 4, 2012 -- Mount St. Mary’s College Professor Emerita of education Nancy Pine incorporates more than 20 years of research on how children learn in China compared to their U.S. counterparts in her latest book, “Educating Young Giants.” It’s the first book written for a general audience of parents, educators and policymakers that weighs the merits of elementary and high school education in both nations.
A book launch party will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. June 7 in the guild room of All Saints Church in Pasadena, 132 N. Euclid Ave. The launch is sponsored by the Altadena Christian Children’s Center, and the Children, Youth & Families program of All Saints Church.
Both China and the United States want what the other has. Chinese teachers and parents want to understand how to produce students who are innovative like Americans. Americans want to have students learn math and become more studious like the Chinese. “Educating Young Giants” investigates the desires of both. The book examines what each country does best, and helps schools in their quest for best practices.
“Educating Young Giants” digs into teachers’ roles, into beliefs in whether natural ability or hard work is most important, and how teaching styles affect student work. These and other critical topics highlight how we can improve our schools and have our students thrive in the global 21st century. There’s nothing more important than the best education for our future generations. We can learn from the Chinese, and they can learn from us.
Learn more about Pine and her book at: http://www.nancypine.com/educating-young-giants/. Pine is the founder of Mount St. Mary’s Bridging Cultures: U.S./China Program, which provides undergraduate and graduate students the chance to become familiar with the historically rich and rapidly changing China. The program also helped develop and sustain the College’s first international student exchange program, along with the recently-funded National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) project, "Women & China: Internationalizing the Humanities and Professional Studies." For more on this NEH project, click here.