Thursday, September 20, 2012

U.S. Education in Chinese Lockstep? Bad Move

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The two countries’ education systems are headed in opposite directions, aiming at exactly what the other one is trying to give up.

What seems to be underappreciated in this country is how actively the Asian systems are trying to embrace the values and outcomes that we appear to be so willing to abandon: specifically, the American penchant for promoting creativity, individualism, innovation, and nonconformity. In other words, for developing and nurturing the diverse talent that can result from an ethos of coloring outside the lines.

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