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Why China will grow TEN TIMES bigger than India before India wakes up. Maybe it will be too late by then.

I was astonished and shocked (actually delighted!) to read how well the Chinese education system is designed, and how brilliantly it is performing.

This education system is China's real secret weapon.

While India goes down the path of the worst possible education system, China has moved to the TOP of the world.

That's enough said.

Here are key extracts:

Chinese school system offers the West a lesson in educational achievement
CHRISTOPHER BANTICK, The Australian, November 03, 2012

I AM in a classroom in Beijing. The class has 42 Chinese students who are learning English and all have their books open, pens in hand in anticipation. The students, in response to my questions, stand, give their answers and are then clapped by their classmates. There is no desultory conversation, no distraction – the focus is acute. This is not unusual.

Chinese education is steeped in success.

Part of this is due to brilliant teaching. The preparation of Chinese teachers is first class. Not everyone who wants to be a teacher makes the grade.

China is outstripping Australia through two things: quality teaching and a culture of success related to hard work. What China has grasped is that by learning English, future generations will be able to move globally and do business just about anywhere.

… due to the emphasis China places on achievement and exceptional teaching practice.

A rigorous testing program measures students and exposes variable teaching. It works like this:

Students undergo regional tests after 10 weeks and national tests twice a year. The test data is collected by the schools on students' and teachers' performance. The data is ranked, then used to judge teachers, with salary linked to performance. It's a simple equation: better results mean better salary. It's called motivation. If a teacher's results are not good for two years, the teacher is demoted to a lower class; there is no choice and no appeal. If the results still fail to improve, dismissal is a reality. Teachers work incredibly hard and are regarded as performing a significant role. They are professional and active learners themselves.

One only has to look at the results on the Program for International Student Assessment to gauge China's success.

The PISA tests are held every three years and in 2009 students in Shanghai topped the world rankings for mathematics, reading and science.

Schools are viewed in China as places of industry and application.

The school day in China is long. Some schools start just after 7:30am and end at 5:30pm. Where I taught in Beijing, classes end at 5:30pm, but senior students may well work on until 10:30pm. It was a shock to see full classrooms of Year 12 students, heads bent over books, with no teacher in the classroom. They were studying in week two of the academic year. They did not need supervision.

"In China, more than nine out of 10 children tell you: 'It depends on the effort I invest and I can succeed if I study hard.' They take on responsibility. They can overcome obstacles and say, 'I am the owner of my success', rather than blaming it on the system."

China's route to become the top-ranked country is disarmingly simple: authoritative, informed and inspirational teaching; self-motivated, ambitious and focussed students; and regular external assessment.

As for class sizes; it's a no-brainer. In China, 42 students a class is not unusual. The essential difference is the teacher. This is dragon education, and its outcomes roar loudly.

Sanjeev Sabhlok

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16 thoughts on “Why China will grow TEN TIMES bigger than India before India wakes up. Maybe it will be too late by then.
  1. allwyn

    Do the schools use coupon system as friedman advised and also in BFN? Also china’s economic freedom and ease of doing business ratings are pathetic like India’s.
    #1:How has it almost become a developed country then? Wikipedia says #2:china is a model of state-capitalism, so if it worked there it why did we fail so bad?
    The basic idea remains same – that the govt owned corporations must be run just like private ones.
    #3:Also china is said to be as corrupt as India but that is really not becoming a problem for them .

    So is china an example of success with different means compared to US and AUSTRALIA? Which rank high on economic freedom.

  2. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    China’s success is through the undesirable way (politically). However, they use incentives and markets. Pl. see the article re: teacher salaries, etc. If you don’t perform, you are booted out in two years. A private system would do that even better, but if a state system includes such incentives, that will work pretty well too.

    No I don’t recommend China’s way, but if democracy means chaos, then India might want to choose the China way in the end, since otherwise we’ll only get a massive disaster in India.

  3. Dr. O. P. Sudrania

    While we must look at other nations’ means but I feel that Indians must learn to devolve their own means that will suit their country and populace at large. Unfortunately we have ended up as the best copycat masters.

  4. allwyn

    recent studies show that going to private schools or public is not having a major difference in India. The skills kids have are at the same level and obviously way below developed countries.

  5. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Allwyn, these studies are guaranteed to be flawed. It is totally unbelievable that private doesn’t outperform. The question, of course, is what level of resources you provide. A really poor locality private school that charges virtually nothing can’t really outcompete heavily funded Kendriya Vidyalayas.


  6. Kajal Sengupta

    I too was a believer of superiority of Chinese education till I started visiting different groups of a socially active site where i found a number of requests for teachers in China. Mind you i am not counting the English teachers which is understandable. What baffles me though is if their education system is so flawless and teachers so superior then why would they want teachers from other countries?

  7. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    That’s one more reason why they will succeed. Always get the best from everywhere in the world. That’s how the West is succeeding.

  8. Joyjit Ghosh

    China is advancing but what it would by becoming rich and strong.The communists rule in almost every part of the world has callasped.The philisophy of communism is foolish and queer.India is philosophy loving and anti communist in nature.This makes the Indians more acceptable in the human society.The controversy about China’s becoming the superpower of the world is a dream only.The U.S.A, U.K.,France,Germany and a hand few of other countries will rule the world as they have the philosophy and capacity to rule.

  9. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    India is not anti-communist. It is far more communist (socialist) than today’s China. Which explains why it is pathetically poor.

    And China is not communist, it is largely capitalist today. Which explains why it is becoming so rich.

    Please get your basics right.


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