When the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results were released in December, the big surprise was the world-leading performance by Shanghai. One commentator, former Reagan administration education official Chester Finn, likened the results to Sputnik, the Soviet satellite that beat the U. S. into space in the 1950s.
School board members are likely to hear many dire predictions about the rise of China and the decline of the U.S. But some of these assertions deserve closer scrutiny writes ASBJ contributing editor Douglas Reeves in his latest column.
Reeves, who taught and conducted research in China for many, shares some of his insight into what’s really behind this Shanghai surprise. Read it here. But hurry as it’s available free only for a limited time.