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Fareed Zakaria rarely fails to impress. Nobody understands and expresses the dynamics of globalization better than he. In his keynote at the SmarterPlanet Shanghai conference, he pointed out that the relationship of the world’s developed countries and the emerging ones has changed dramatically in the past half-decade. In earlier days, the developed nations could usually be counted on to employ sophisticated, disciplined financial controls and economic policies. The emerging nations: not so much. But Zakaria pointed out that China, India and Brazil are managing the current global economic crisis better than the Western giants. China, for instance, controlled growth and built up a budget surplus during the boom years. The United States, on the other hand, built up huge deficits with tax cuts and wars, and promoted unsustainable economic growth. As a result, China was able to respond more effectively when the crisis came. “The world has turned upside down,” said Zakaria.

But Zakaria also gently chided China. He said one of the keys to China’s success since Deng Xiaoping began liberalizing the economy three decades ago was its willingness to learn from the rest of the world, to adopt best practices, and to remain modest about its accomplishments. Today, however, Zakaria senses the emergence of an “arrogance” that concerns him. He urged the Chinese leaders in the audience to heed Deng’s guidance and remain modest and willing to learn. “Stay open to the world,” he said.

Zakaria is optimistic about the future. He said Al-Qaeda will ultimately go down as nothing more than a footnote in history, and this era will be shaped much more profoundly by three pillars of global economic strength: political stability in the wake of the end of the Cold War, better economic management in emerging nations, and global electronic connectivity. “These elements are what knits the world together,” he said.

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2 Comments
 
November 10, 2011
7:13 pm

There are some attention-grabbing points on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them middle to heart. There may be some validity but I’ll take maintain an opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish more! Added to FeedBurner as well.


Posted by: power washing lancaster
 
June 1, 2011
4:24 pm

Fareed Rafiq Zakaria’ comments on Best Practices is no where as evident as it is in Professional Education…Believe it or not, there is no core curriculum in teacher education, and no sincere, systematic effort to vet and identify Best Instructional Practices. This means no consistency of content from one professor or college of education to another. The quality of TEACHING can be improved Measurably everywhere on the planet with one action: creating a system for the ongoing vetting and identification of Best Instructional Practices. This effort would temporarily shift accountability and cross-hairs from Teachers and Schools to Professors and Universities.
You may wish to look in on one such effort at these sites: http://bestmethodsofinstruction.com/ and http://anthony-manzo.blogspot.com/2010/05/brief-writing-for-thoughtful-righting.html
Should you be old school and prefer books, here are two that were decades in the making and that try to honestly report what the research seems to be saying about teaching toward basic and higher literacy: Manzo/Manzo/Thomas (2009) Content Area Literacy (Wiley, Publisher) & Manzo/Manzo/Albee Reading Assessment: A Diagnostic-Teaching Approach (2004) (Cengage, Publisher)


Posted by: Anthony V. Manzo, Ph.D.
 
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