Traditionally, not much attention
has been paid to youngsters in Chinese educational thinking.
Confucius and the other great masters offered many wise words about
teaching, but they were not
child educators. Schooling in Taiwan today can best be described as
training, not educating. Speed
and accuracy in math, for example, are prized over independent thinking
and problem solving.
Regular and constant testing is a source of intense pressure and emotional
stress.As a country with
a highly centralized educational system, Taiwan offers few opportunities
experimentation. The rigidity of the system manifests itself in all
areas, including school
organization, curriculum, teaching methodology, materials, and teacher
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