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Shanghai: Head of the (global) class

March 8, 2011

Shanghai: Head of the (global) class

What can we learn from China’s top-scoring school system?

By Connie Matthiessen
Shanghai Skyline

Shanghai, China

Let’s say you’re a 10-year-old student in Shanghai. What are you doing differently from millions of students around the world? Do you begin with military-style math drills followed by monk-like recitations of philosophy? Not exactly. Try a vigorous hour of exercise. Then of course, you launch into an eight-hour day of academic rigor, during which you’re expected to participate eagerly, ace your (many) tests, and never fail to pay attention.

When school ends, it’s off to music, martial arts, or drawing class – or to meet one of your tutors. Then you get to head home for, you guessed it, homework. At least you can unwind during the weekend, right? Think again: Saturdays and Sundays provide time for yet more extracurricular classes and tutoring.

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