Japan’s scores fell in the new international survey of math and reading skills, reports White Peril. Japanese students trust their teachers less than students elsewhere; they’re also less likely to believe schools are teaching useful knowledge or giving them the confidence to make their own decisions.
Simon World finds dissatisfaction in high-scoring Hong Kong. Hong Kong students “ranked HK students as top in maths, second in problem solving, third in science and seventh in reading for an overall top ranking of all countries surveyed.”
A victory for HK’s education system? Not necessarily.
The same survey also found HK students had the worst perception of their schooling. More than half said school had done little to prepare them for adult life, 13% said school was a waste of time and they had the lowest sense of “belonging” out of all students surveyed. Despite the Government’s efforts, schooling in HK remains about only one thing: getting good marks. This sausage factory approach means schools teach but they don’t educate. It is made worse by the huge pressure parents put their children under to perform to the exclusion of all else.
The U.S. would love to have these problems.