World Class

One Mother's Journey Halfway Around the Globe in Search of the Best Education for Her Children

Photograph © Catalina Kulczar

Teru Clavel is a comparative education expert, author, and speaker who has shared her insights on education and globalization on Fareed Zakaria’s GPS, TodayCBS This Morning, CNBC’s Squawk Box, and Channel NewsAsia. She has written columns for and has been featured and cited in The Times (London), Chicago Tribune, The Japan Times, the Financial Times, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications. She has been heard on more than 2,500 radio stations, including WGN in Chicago and KABC in Los Angeles, and on top podcasts like Mom Brain with Hilaria Baldwin and Daphne Oz. Teru holds degrees in Global and Comparative International Education as well as Asian Studies. She spent over a decade as an education journalist and college consultant while raising her three children in the public schools of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and California. Teru recently returned with her family to her hometown, New York City.

"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 Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

“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

“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

“An intriguing volume on the differences in global education.”

– Library Journal