Member Talks Series: Two Roads, One Journey – Education in China and the U.S.

1416460272Greta Nagel presents

PING AND SAM GO TO SCHOOL: Two Roads, One Journey— Education in China and the U.S.

Monday, October 24, 2016 (Luncheon)

TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served;
1-2 pm – Presentation and Q & A

EVENT TYPE: Member Talks: Greta Nagel, Ph.D.


Take a thought-provoking journey into radically different classrooms—one in China and the other in the U.S. Are they two roads to the future?   Or are they on one journey together?  If the cultures are so different, can the destinations be the same?

Controversies abound about these two great nations. As the U.S. seeks to “pivot” to Asia and trade agreements like the TPP are debated pro and con, clues to the future may be found in a firsthand and comparative look at the two school systems and their different approaches to teaching and learning.

Using a “school-day in the life” of “Ping,” a Chinese girl, and “Sam,” an American boy, Greta Nagel compares and contrasts the two divergent systems to tease out the points of pride and challenges for both countries. Intriguing similarities and marked differences will be explored, based upon Nagel’s award-winning traveling exhibit launched this year on a nationwide journey of its own.

Nagel, who retired in 2006 as full professor of education at California State University (Long Beach), promptly “rehired” herself as founding director of the proposed national Museum of Teaching and Learning (MOTAL), the sponsor of the new exhibit, the sixth in a series.  She began her teaching career in inner-city schools in Chicago and Oakland and then Orange County, where she became a school principal in Anaheim, and also earned her Ph.D. in multi-cultural education from Claremont Graduate University.  She is the author of three books, including the best-selling TAO OF TEACHING (1994).  She is married to fellow WNDC member Loren Doll.

PRICE: Members $25; Non-Members $30; $10 Lecture Only


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