“An intriguing volume on the differences in global education.”
– Library Journal
“Teru Clavel questions and challenges the educational system, and moves her family around the globe for over a decade to redefine and reassess what education means to them. This book changed me. It’s a must read.”
– Angela C. Santomero, author of Radical Kindness and creator of Blue’s Clues
“World Class captures the central importance of community and equity within educational systems. Teru’s journey brings best practices from around the world and places them inside American homes and schools. It is time to accept the competitive nature of our global economy and adapt accordingly for our future collective security.”
– U.S. Senator from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal
“A thoughtful combination memoir and manual . . . [Clavel’s] personal narrative is studded with lists of useful tips about choosing schools and hiring tutors, for parents who must advocate for their children and supplement gaps in their educations.”
– Publishers Weekly
"TO BE SUSTAINABLE, SOCIETIES MUST PRIORITIZE EDUCATING OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATION, OUR CHILDREN."
- Teru Clavel
"Teru Clavel is the voice of twenty-first century education."
- Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama
Published by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster (2019)
Teru Clavel, education journalist, public speaker, and mother of three, shares the surprising insights she gained during her 12 years in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Palo Alto where her children attended local public schools. Through vivid first-person stories and salient research, World Class is filled with insider advice on how to help all children excel in our increasingly competitive world.
“An upbeat chronicle of [Clavel’s] children’s school experiences in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo and a harsh critique of American education . . . [offering] advice about vetting schools and enriching children’s education.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Teru’s personal experiences abroad with her children breathe life into the data and research compiled over many years by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This is a wakeup call for families, policy-makers and educational institutions.”
– Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills at the OECD
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