Archive for December, 2010
Anyone interested in education in China should watch this film
I am skeptical about the value of standardizing tests – but one has to admit that this shows Shanghai is doing something right.
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.
Interested in democracy in China? Check out this fantastic film.
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?