Should Chinese schools focus on memorisation?

01/3/2013 | Guardian (London), The

Alistair Clow, a United Kingdom student in China, writes in this blog post about China's focus on memorisation as the foundation for education. While some have criticised the approach, which goes against the trend in Western countries, Chinese education ranks high in international comparisons, Clow writes. "Whereas Westerners see memorisation and understanding as mutually exclusive, Chinese tend to see them as related phenomena," explains professor An Ran, dean of international education at South China University of Technology.

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