Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Education In China

FLG was listening to this report about the focus on tests in China on Marketplace last night, and, in the context of all the problems FLG thinks China has as well as his thoughts on the Tiger Mother's hymn, began nodding in a self-satisfied way. But then FLG got to this and he snapped out of it:
The education system and its inability to train analytical students is the biggest crisis facing China today.

FLG snapped out of it because he began thinking of himself. He attended Georgetown and got about as close to a liberal arts education as is still on offer. On top of that, he's studying for an MBA and took sundry political science graduate classes. Presumably, he should have some sort of analytical ability. But he doesn't really. At least, he's not as analytically rigorous as he'd like to be. Perhaps that's due more to his own laziness than training, but there you have it.

That's not to say that he hasn't seen mind-numbing lack of analytical thinking from Chinese immigrants. Oh, he has. If FLG's anecdotal data is at all representative, then all but the very top schools in India have the same problem of producing graduates that can recite facts but can't think their way out of a paper bag, who completely shutdown when faced with an unfamiliar task that has a high degree of uncertainty or ambiguity. The worst will fail to act in any situation that what they are supposed to do hasn't been explicitly explained to them step-by-step. People with graduate degrees for chrissake. Drives FLG batshit.

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