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[quote=APAULT,265789]Education is about thinking, not rote learning. You can teach a parrot to speak but it doesn't know what it is saying, Chinese education is doing just that. It is ramming facts (sic) down the students' throats but if you ask them to consider multiple facts express an opinion you risk waiting forever. Good students will restate facts they have been taught and they get marked on the number of facts they get right. This is made worse by the preponderance of multiple choice questions in exams. In China's defence, western countries were once like this. If the US can learn from the Chinese approach, then the US system is truly in a bad way. There may well be a need to return to the basics (often called the 3 R's), but there are more enlightened ways than rote learning - like getting the kids interested and enjoying it. My experience in China is private universities where the standard is lower than the government universities, so I have to accept that my comments relate to this level and presumably downwards.[/quote]
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