With all their extra-curricular activities, American students barely have time to complete their homework. Academic expectations may have been lowered to accommodate their time needs. Certainly, universities look for more than just grades when considering students for admission. This has led to training teachers in creative ways in which information is passed to the students.
By contrast, Chinese students concentrate on academics, often to the exclusion of other activities. There appears to be a concern that such devotion to grades and high test scores may limit imagination. Advertisements from Asian education departments suggest they are actively seeking consultants to teach Asian teachers Western educational techniques, which speaks to this concern.
But how do Chinese students react to the emphasis on academic excellence? Read the following article to find out. Then leave a comment regarding which way you believe is better.
Click on this link for the article: LA Times on Chinese Students