It’s not gentlemanly to say I told you so. But, I told you so.
Plucker recently toured a number of such schools in Shanghai and Beijing… When faculty of a major Chinese university asked Plucker to identify trends in American education, he described our focus on standardized curriculum, rote memorization, and nationalized testing. “After my answer was translated, they just started laughing out loud,” Plucker says. “They said, ‘You’re racing toward our old model. But we’re racing toward your model, as fast as we can.’ ”
And I, folks, am on the receiving end of the students we’re producing under the old Chinese model, as well as being under increasing pressure to implement it myself.
I have begun to think seriously about getting out of this game.