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[Susan notes: Kudos to Walt Gardner for finding an opportunity to question the worship of scores on international tests.]

Published in Business Week
12/25/2006

To the editor

It comes as no surprise that Chinese B-schools don't pass muster with corporate recruiters. Their reliance on rote learning and submission to authority also characterizes Chinese K-12 education. This kind of pedagogy ranks Chinese students ahead of their American counterparts on international tests, but the results call into question the validity of the negative inferences made about U.S. schools.



Walt Gardner


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