American educational system compared to China/IndiaSubmitted by nodeal on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 00:50
Hey guys, I need some insight from you on a topic that has really grasped my curiosity.
I began rambling on to my friend about how I'm fed up with America's educational system. I stated it's too bogged down by its hierarchy of subjects, with the priority being placed on math and science, and hardly any emphasis on the arts. My rant went something along the lines of Ken Robinson's TED talk on education, in case any of you are familiar.
Now, ultimately I believe equal emphasis should be placed on all subjects (from the arts to the sciences), but that there should always be a wide choice of school available -- free-market. So if you want to send your kid to a school that focuses on Math more than any other subject, you'd have that choice.
However, before I could get to this point, my friend began going on about how countries in Asia such as India and China have a very structured educational system, yet these are the fastest growing economies out there. Also, they have the most graduates with degrees such as engineering and computer science. Therefore, a rigorous, structured, regulated hierarchy of subjects is beneficial.
Now, is there a correlation between these growing economies in Asia and their educational system? How does it stack up specifically against America from your knowledge? How do you guys specifically feel about the educational system? Do you agree it stifles creativity?