Snow Day

January 26th, 2011


Last week was the biggest snowfall I’ve seen in over 8 years in Shanghai. More pics here

More Amy Chua

January 22nd, 2011

Sophia Chua’s letter to her tiger mom

More links

January 18th, 2011

David Brooks and Shanghai Scrap on Amy Chua.

China Daily’s Chen Weihua on those Shanghai test scores.

Chinese mothers

January 13th, 2011

More on Amy Chua from China Beat

Some links

January 12th, 2011

The article everyone is talking about

More on Amy Chua here and here

And for something completely different -the NYT on the reemergence of play

Ant Tribe

December 13th, 2010

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

Senior Year 高三

December 10th, 2010

Anyone interested in education in China should watch this film

NYT: Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators

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

December 7th, 2010

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

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Green China

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.