Many critics of American public education are very fond of comparing our schools to those in other countries, especially in Asia. So, it’s very interesting to find that China would like to reshape their education system to be more like ours.

Like all schools in China, School No. 9, located in the city of Suzhou in the Jiangsu Province, revolves around a competitive system of standardized tests and exams. This process culminates with three "black days" in July: a comprehensive national college entrance examination for high school graduates that determines placement in the nation’s university system.

But as China’s economy continues to grow at a breakneck pace, the nation’s education system is beginning to change. Just like the United States, the world’s most populous country is in the midst of national school reform. But the US, under No Child Left Behind, is moving toward national standards with a focus on reading, writing, and math. China, on the other hand, is restructuring its system to stress creative thinking and local control.

I guess we’ll have to scratch China from that list of countries we use for comparison.