The Economic Observer reports on some recent educational reforms taking place in China. The following is an excerpt of the changes seen within a Qingdao high school:
Shandong is piloting a program for a different kind of high school; Qingdao No. 2 is a prime example.
Qingdao No. 2 High School only conducts 5 classes a day and 40 minutes per class. The school allows the students to explore personal interests and research, and hosts student groups such as “Model UN.” The high school also funds sports and art classes, as well as classes in business and problem solving.
The school aims at encouraging independent thinking and leadership. San Xianliang, the principal of Qingdao No. 2, says he regrets the exam-oriented nature of China’s schools, and wanted a more efficient, student-oriented type of school.