“Not Interested in Being #1:” Shanghai May Ditch PISA

Yong Zhao, Jun 02, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is interesting, especially in the light of other reports (rumours?) that China as a whole (instead of selected districts) will participate in future PISA tests. According to this item, Shanghai is reconsidering its participation. "One of the shortfalls of Shanghai education masked by its top PISA ranking, Mr. Yi, pointed out, is excessive amount of homework, according to the story.... Their skills and qualities should also be acquired from a variety of activities such as play, online activities, and games instead of merely completing academic assignments or extending homework time."

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