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[quote=YEMMIE,265330]Having worked in education in America, I can tell you that America's innovativeness is in grave danger of disappearing. Until about the mid 1960's, American education stressed the same things as China. As a result, we made enormous strides in all fields. The innovations that have been driving America have been coming from the baby boomers who grew up during both periods. First, they were forced to exercise self control and learn (yes by rote). Later, by they time they got to high school and college, American education had begun to drift away from rote learning. So, these folks were allowed to express themselves more and more. Most of them already had good work habits so they went on to become highly successful people and brought us many of the wonderful things we have today. A few, fell victim to drug abuse, laziness, etc. The generations that have come since are increasingly undereducated, unmotivated, etc. A few whose parents did not buy totally into the new way of educating are doing well and are on their way to becoming the new elite. Asking questions is a good thing, but learning a little first so you are equipped to ask intelligent questions and to understand the answers is much better. I remember during the early 60s people used to say that the Japanese were good immitators, but were not good innovators. No one says that anymore. In closing, I would say that America and China should look at each others' educational systems closely. I believe they will find that during the early years, structure and rote learning are essential so that later on, when the minds begin to mature and creativity is ready to blossom (age 17, in my opinion), the students will be ready to channel their creativity in useful directions instead of wasting it.[/quote]
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