The Government announced today that they are spending £11 million to have 32 hub schools, bringing Chinese teachers to the UK and sending our teachers to China so we can learn how they do so well compared to us in Mathematics.
Yay, there’s a magic bullet that means the children can achieve without hard work or behaving themselves? I know we’ve been fooled many, many times before but this time it’s really true.
But wait, what’s this? If we look at the report released by Parliament – ‘Underachievement of White Working Class children‘
We see that the poorest Chinese children beat the richest non-Chinese children in this country.
It’s almost as if there is something else going on and the Chinese don’t have a magic way of teaching Maths at all.
The answer is of course that the Chinese have a culture of hard work and respect for education as typified in the ‘Battle hymn of the Tiger Mother‘ book by Amy Chua. They bring this with them when they move countries enabling them to come top in our country as well.
Maybe we need to be worrying more about copying the attitudes and culture of the Chinese parents and children towards Education and a little less trying to copy a mythical, magic, Chinese way of teaching.