The traditional Chinese approach to education is outdated. Domineering teachers discourage open questioning. An emphasis on standardized testing keeps children studying rather than exploring. Collectivism promotes conformity. External rewards are prioritized over a love of learning. Academic pressure creates undue psychological burdens.
But the Chinese leadership is intent on improving the system. “There is nothing that should remain unchanged when it comes to reform of our educational institutions,” Wang Feng, a director in the Ministry of Education’s National Research Center, told me in 2015. Government policy, along with willing administrators and teachers, is beginning to produce positive results.
The typical Chinese classroom is generally centered around the teacher, with children sitting in rows, the higher performers at the front of the classroom.… Seguir leyendo »