外文标题：Chinese teachers sent into English schools to boost results
Teachers from China will be sent into English schools as part of a taxpayer-funded programme designed to raise education standards, it will be announced today.
For the first time, a team of 60 teachers from high-performing schools in Shanghai will be hired in an attempt to promote Chinese-style teaching methods in the state education system.
The reforms – covering maths – will involve on-the-job training for teachers in England alongside high-level master-classes for pupils.
It comes amid concerns that schoolchildren in England are underperforming compared with their peers in the Far East in subjects seen as vital to the nation’s economic future.
International league tables published late last year suggested that 15-year-olds were the equivalent of three years behind those in Shanghai and between one and two years behind pupils from Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan.
Chinese students have a longer school day, a different work ethic and respect for others.
How is a Chinese teacher going to cope with kids who don't give a damn?
So our own teachers are rubbish and the answer is to pull in foreign teachers to raise standards. Said it all really, why not start sacking the 50% of our own teachers who can't teach?
No-one said our own teachers "are rubbish". The methodologies that teachers are obliged to use are in question, not their teaching skills. These methodologies have, of course, been foisted upon teachers by so-called educators over the years.
My experience is that the teachers in the UK are rubbish!
What I think you mean is that you've encountered some poor teachers and from that you extrapolate that they're all rubbish. Not good enough. Go to the bottom of the class. Why don't you have a look at the conditions under which they work before spouting such silliness? 50%? Where did you pluck that from?
So now UK teaching graduates will have to compete with chinese immigrants, along with IT workers competing with Indians on temporary visas paying no tax, manufacturing jobs going abroad... Cameron's commitment to the UK work force and investing in training our own young unemployed reaches new heights...
Yes that famous left-wing educational establishment set up by Kenneth Baker and the Thatcher government, needs a right-wing Chinese reform ;) (Sarcasm to those that don't recognise it lol)
You can bring the whole population of China to Britain and it won't raise the test scores. The culture is different and only a change in that can make a difference. Right now becoming a pop singer and registering in Xfactor seems to be a priority for many British kids/teenagers not math scores. I am not an expert but somehow I don't think the Chinese have that problem. Not yet anyway.
Education in the UK is saturated with 1960s Left-wing thinking, from my experience. Trying to get British society focussed on fixing something is like trying to herd cats.
Maths scores follow IQ-scores. In the UK, Orientals do best (highest average IQ), followed by whites, followed by Asians, followed by blacks. That is what nature has wrought, and what no man (or woman) can put asunder. Good to try though, but it won't make that much difference.
IQ tests originated in the USA and were designed deliberately to use words and questions that would be understood better by some races than others. Therefore, white Americans (especially males) would perform better than others.
In theory there isn't anything wrong with the English education system.
In Hong Kong (where I live) I know that many local parents with financial means would rather send their children to international schools here because they find local HK schools to prescriptive with to much focus on study and not on a rounded education - HK graduates can be naïve and a bit useless when it comes to the real world. The majority of international schools in HK teach the English syllabus and their students get outstanding results.
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What you say is very true. The schools in Hong Kong dish out far to much homework even when the schools know that it is unproductive. However, parents put a lot of pressure on schools to give more homework because they think more work equals better results.
There is a balance between too much homework and too little and the Hong Kong system is a grind for children and they never get their heads out of books to have a look at the World until they graduate. That is why they tend to be naïve and a bit useless when it comes to the real world. (Not all but it is noticeable)
That said, the international schools in HK that teach the English syllabus do really well because of the students work much harder than their counter-parts in the UK
Its the same in mainland China - all the International Schools teaching western and English curriculums are over subscribed - NONE OF THE CHINESE ELITES GIVE THEIR OWN KIDS A CHINESE EDUCATION! But the elites want it for YOUR KIDS....because it destroys their critical thinking abilities DEAD.
Let's hope they can teach in English... imagine if they can't, PR disaster waiting to happen.
Also people may want to look at the relatively high suicide rate in many Asian countries because kids are put under to much pressure at school.
It's a national disgrace that we have to bus in a load of emerging market teachers to solve our supposed classroom problems. Surely there are Britons who can work it out.
Wouldn't it be better (and cheaper) to bus in a team of 60 teachers from high performing British private schools?