, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp 129–135 | Cite as

A World at Risk: An Imperative for a Paradigm Shift to Cultivate 21st Century Learners

  • Yong Zhao


There is agreed-upon urgency to reform education around the world but there is wide disagreement in what actions are needed. Most of the popular reforms in the United States since A Nation at Risk have focused on fixing the past, which I argue in this essay are misguided. These strategies are simply doing the wrong thing more right. To address the challenges brought about by globalization and technological changes, we need a new education paradigm.


Education policy 21st Century Skills Globalization Technology International assessment Global competitiveness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Education1215 University of OregonEugeneUSA

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