If US students are going to beat their Asian counterparts on international standardized assessments, which seems to be the educational goal of most politicians, we better stop being wimps when it comes to test prep.
The Shanghai students performed well, experts say, for the same reason students from other parts of Asia – including South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong – do: Their education systems are steeped in discipline, rote learning and obsessive test preparation.
So, there’s our goal. We simply need to get American schools to rise to that same “obsessive” level.
Just ignore those misguided educators who whine Â that “Chinese schools emphasized testing too much, and produced students who lacked curiosity and the ability to think critically or independently”.