Learning by rote does not foster innovative thinking, questioning the status quo, changing the world. It teaches children to be excellent at passing exams that were designed to test their ability to regurgitate facts. This is not knowledge, or intelligence, or analytical thinking.
A 10-year-old Chinese boy, allegedly told to "jump off the building" if he did not complete a school writing task, jumped
Alex Wilkins spent a year teaching 12 to 16-year-olds English and culture in Eastern China, a placement he secured through
I remember from school and university that the Chinese students I came across had traditional, even old-fashioned names like Derek or Geoffrey. This has changed. My children include a handful of Cinderellas and Disneys, one Snow White, one Dragon and lots of Candys, Yo-Yos, Sweets or Cocos.