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PISA results cause the U.S. to take a closer look at China's curriculum

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010 17:06 PM

When Chinese students tested at the top of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), American education officials were rocked by the fact that the U.S. ranked somewhere in the middle. This caused academic officials to delve into the Chinese curriculum, trying to see how they were able to score so high.

However, academic officials noted that the majority of the Chinese curriculum is specifically focused on standardized exams, according to ABC News.

"The entire system is geared toward that one goal - taking [a] test," Yasheng Huang, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), told the news provider.

Yong Zhao, a professor at Michigan State University, told the news provider that this form of teaching method might not be beneficial for anything other than test scores, as students wouldn't be able to get a certain depth in learning.

According to the Wall Street Journal, there could be flaws in China's system, as studies have found that the current education system could hinder its economic development, as most students lack inquisitiveness and imagination.