The American Classroom: Words Carved Into A Student’s Desk

Gang Gao, recounts his 10-year-old son’s experience in American schools when he was a visiting scholar at Arizona State University in the 1990s. The following sentences, recited back to the author by a young girl who carved them in her desk, best summarize his observations of American education:

American classrooms don’t input a massive amount of knowledge into their children, but they try every way to draw children’s eyes to the boundless ocean of knowledge outside the school; They do not force their children to memorize all the formulae and theorems, but they work tirelessly to teach children how to think and ways to seek answers to questions; They never rank students according to test scores, but try every way to affirm children’s efforts, praise their thoughts, and protect and encourage children’s desire and effort.

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World Class Learners, by Yong Zhao, p. 131.

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