Sunday, 6 February 2011

What can we learn from Hong Kong?

Hong Kong finished third in science and maths, and fourth in reading out of 65 education systems in the most recent 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey results...

Interestingly though, as reported in this week's TES, they have a more modern and holistic view of what it takes to build on their success. At the heart of their approach is explicit teaching of learning and thinking skills rather than a content-based curriculum. They have also created more curriculum space by moving away from the traditional curriculum model and abolishing exams at 16. It's what Ken Robinson and Dan Pink say we need to do to build the future and give our children and young people the skills they need in the new conceptual age we are entering.

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