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Should we learn from Shanghai – if, what and why

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Chrismcd53's blog

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with colleague from Shanghai who was hoping to forge links between schools in UK cities and schools in China.

Her perspective was fascinating, in short one of the main drivers for this was that the Chinese authorities have come to the conclusion that their education system is brilliant at producing youngsters who can do well at tests but far less effective fostering skills such as creativity. The Chinese authorities have recognised this and concluded that things must change.

Change? Change?! Hang on a minute – in the UK we are changing to be more like the Chinese system. Evidence for a need to make such a change lie, so we are told in the PISA league tables:

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25187997

Of course, creativity is difficult to measure – but it is a skill that is valued all the same.

As my visitor walked around my…

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