USC Professor Emerita Charlotte Furth discusses her adventures in Beijing teaching young Chinese scholars about America.
Asia in the US and California Educational Standards
Unlike many countries, the United States does not have a government mandated curriculum, nor mandatory performance or content standards or assessment. As late as 1996, only fourteen of the fifty states had state performance or content standards. Now only Iowa lacks such standards. In 1995, the California state legislature ordered the drafting of state performance and content standards. The state board of education has adopted these discipline by discipline. California's standards are considered among the most demanding in the country. The Los Angeles Times quoted Diane Ravitch, a leading scholar on education trends, as saying, "Right now, they're the best in the country. First of all, they are clear. They tell teachers what they should be teaching, and students what they're expected to learn" (Los Angeles Times, Nov. 18, 1998).
Unfortunately, barely half of California's public school teachers say they are "very familiar with the content of the standards." And fewer still are prepared to deliver instruction geared to helping their students meet these standards (California Educator, Nov. 1999).
Through our teacher training efforts (the summer institute and our school site programs), the USC U.S.-China Institute's K-12 outreach program equips teachers to help their students meet many of the skill and content standards.
These standards web pages provide information about:
History Standards Relating to Asia
History Standards Relating to China
History Standards Relating to Japan
Language Arts Standards that can include Asian Materials
World History Standards (National Center for History in the Schools)
World History Standards Relating to Japan
Celebrating the grand reopening of USC Pacific Asia Museum after a year of the seismic retrofit project, the museum will present an exhibit drawn from the museum’s extraordinary collection of over 2,700 costumes and textiles from China, Korea, Japan, India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia.