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Nancy Pine's "Two Roads, One Journey" exhibition will be on view at Cal State Fullerton's Fullerton Arboretum, through Dec. 11.

Exploring innovation in U.S. and Chinese education

Step beyond stereotypes and explore “Two Roads, One Journey,” a new exhibition created by Nancy Pine, PhD, professor emerita, based on her book “Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (and Don’t Learn) in China and America.”

Both the book and the exhibition highlight the similarities and differences between education in China and the United States.

 “We both want what the other has,” Pine said.  “Americans want more studious, focused students who are good at math; the Chinese want innovative students who can create imaginative ideas.”

“Educating Young Giants” is the first book to compare Chinese and American elementary and high school education. It examines issues ranging from each country’s teaching styles to cultural influences and educational philosophies. The book also provides insight on how both nations can improve schools and help students thrive.

Pine has more than 20 years of research and consulting experience in China’s schools and colleges. She taught in U.S. elementary and high schools prior to joining the Mount’s faculty in 1995. She founded the forward-thinking Bridging Cultures: U.S./China program at Mount Saint Mary’s, and she directed the Elementary Education program for 10 years. She was the leading scholar for the “Two Roads, One Journey” exhibition, featuring a day in the life of two fourth graders, Ping and Sam.

The exhibition will be on view at the Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Road, on the campus of Cal State Fullerton, through Dec. 11.

Mounted by the Museum of Teaching and Learning, the exhibit uses storytelling to focus on how American and Chinese classrooms can inform each other.

“Two Roads, One Journey” utilizes interactive museum technology such as a mock classroom, multimedia featuring artifacts, photographs, audio and video clips, and kiosks with items showing what’s typically inside the backpack of students from each nation or what’s served in school lunches. Guests learn about each country’s teaching styles to the influence of their histories and the nature of testing.

Organizers estimate about 4,200 guests will go through the exhibit in Fullerton before moving to other venues next year. It is also expected to travel to China.

Greta Nagel, founder and executive director of the Museum of Teaching and Learning, served as the exhibit’s coordinator.

 “I had many ‘aha’ moments during the development of this exhibition,” Nagel said. “My own behaviors as a parent and as a teacher and teacher educator came into focus. We hope that students, teachers, and other visitors will consider ways in which we can make things better for learning in our own situations.”

More information about Pine’s ground-breaking research on China can be found on the Mount’s website,, under Center for Cultural Fluency.


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