Archive for December, 2010

Ant Tribe

Monday, December 13th, 2010

China’s graduates can’t find jobs. Perhaps they need to start creating their own.

Senior Year 高三

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Anyone interested in education in China should watch this film

NYT: Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010


I am skeptical about the value of standardizing tests – but one has to admit that this shows Shanghai is doing something right.

Why Chinese is so damn hard

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

For all those struggling to learn Chinese this is weirdly inspiring.

Here’s a sample (more…)

Green China

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Environmentalists would be heartened by the lessons taking place in Max’s class.

One big theme is saving sharks. Images of shark fin soup crossed out as in a ‘just say no’ campaign are posted in various places in the classroom.  One takes a prominent position near a group of images linked to a lesson on the sea. Another can be found on a big board game designed to teach numbers (you ate a bowl of shark fin soup – go back 3 places).

Max is also being taught the most apocalyptic scenarios of global warming.  The other day we were going somewhere and I was debating whether to take a taxi or ride my bike. Max literally begged for the bike. If we took a taxi, he pleaded, it would cause pollution which would lead us all to perish in a great flood.

I wonder how the other parents – many of them proud new car owners – are coping with this.

Please Vote for Me

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010


Interested in democracy in China? Check out this fantastic film.

State Secrets?

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

This Friday Zoe has a school trip to visit the army (this is all I’ve been told). Initially, the teacher said that she had to be accompanied by an adult. Yesterday, however, I was informed that because we were foreigners we wouldn’t be allowed to attend. Of course we are both somewhat pleased to be relieved of this duty. But I am left bewildered. They are 4 years old – where could they possibly be going that is unfit for foreigner’s eyes?