2015年08月05日17:27  新浪教育 微博    收藏本文     

  (来源:沪江英语)The 1,600-pupil Bohunt school in Liphook — one of our top comprehensives, in a prosperous commuter village — has embarked on a bold and radical experiment. It has invited five teachers from leading schools in China to teach 50 of its year nine pupils, aged 13 and 14, for four weeks。



  Why? Simple. British students lag three years behind their Asian counterparts in academic achievement. In maths, they trail behind most of Europe, too。


  Keenly aware of this, and conscious that its pupils will be competing with the Chinese for jobs in a global market, the school set out to test how its students would fare under the rigour, long hours and rigid discipline of the Chinese education system。


  The answer, it seems, is abysmally。


  The pupils subjected to the rigour of the Chinese system swiftly show signs of rebellion。


  Compelled to adjust to 7 am starts, a 12-hour day, a remorseless homework schedule and all-ability classes with 50 pupils (the British system recommends no more than 30), plus a return to traditional teaching methods, their reaction is, by and large, to revolt。


  The Chinese ethos — in which respect for authority and ruthless competition are key — could not be more remote from the child-centred learning in British schools, where pupils are encouraged to question and discuss, and the emphasis is on ‘self-discovery’. In Hampshire, Miss Yang has to control her class before she can teach them. In Asia, pupils accord her a reverential silence as she lectures them。


  ‘In China, teachers receive the respect of the children and they do as they’re told,’ she says. ‘Chinese students don’t waste other people’s time. In China, we don’t need classroom management skills because everyone is disciplined by nature, by families, by society. Here it is the most challenging part of teaching.’


  She is bemused when a girl leaves the classroom in tears after learning that singer Zayn Malik has left the boy band One Direction. ‘I find it difficult to understand such emotional behaviour over a pop band,’ she says, incredulous。


  One of the teachers has a theory about poor behaviour in British schools: Wei Zhoa blames the ‘feather-bedding’ of our welfare state for promoting pupils’ lack of ambition and lax discipline. ‘Even if they (young adults) don’t work, they can get money, so they don’t worry about it,’ she tells me。


  ‘But in China they can’t get these things, so they know: “I need to study hard, I need to work hard, to get money to support my family。” ’


  He says: ‘In China, it’s really difficult to get help if you lose your job, so you think really hard about making a living. You need to keep your job to get money. That’s the way of life。


  ‘If the British Government really cut benefits down to force people to go to work, they might see things in a different way。


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