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The Empire's Clothes

Susan D. Blum | Posted 08.26.2013 | College
Susan D. Blum

Somewhere, deep in the mists of the past, there may have once been a good reason for requiring testing. But that reason seems so far beside the point that it recedes invisibly.

How Equal Are We Anyway? Different Illusions of Meritocracy in Chinese and United States Schooling

Susan D. Blum | Posted 01.28.2013 | Education
Susan D. Blum

In China, the children of the privileged can sail off into lives made smooth by their families, always scoring highest, getting into the best programs, and ultimately finding their way to the top leadership of the nation. Sound familiar?

Women Dominate Higher Education -- But Not in China

Susan D. Blum | Posted 12.12.2012 | College
Susan D. Blum

Even if women are represented in equal numbers, if they are relegated to fields that are not as respected or to universities that have lower prestige, all the while having to demonstrate higher levels of accomplishment, this is not balance. It is not equality. It is, pure and simple, discrimination.

Standardized Testing Is Worse In China Than In U.S.

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 07.03.2012 | Education

Standardized testing is no foreigner to education -- both in the United States and abroad. But while the high-stakes tests are being criticized for th...

China's College Entrance Exam Is Serious Business

Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.11.2012 | Education

Just as students around the country buckle down for final exams at school, their counterparts in China are sitting for a test of their own. But unlike...

What I Learned from China's Schools

Michael Levy | Posted 08.07.2011 | Education
Michael Levy

If teaching in China taught me anything, it taught me to be very skeptical of high stakes testing. It distorts curricula, makes teaching a chore, and favors the rich.

The College Admissions Game (With Chinese Characteristics)

Michael Levy | Posted 06.01.2011 | Education
Michael Levy

Our educational system is brutal and dehumanizing, but the acceptance letter you receive will not determine your fate, job, happiness, or how much you will learn in the next four years.

Dozens Cheat In Xiamen, China Marathon: Runners Used Cars, Race Chips To Fool Officials

Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

Dozens of runners competing in a marathon in Xiamen, China cheated, according to race officials. Nearly a third of the race's top 100 finishers (50,00...

Education In China v. America: The Question Of Standardized Tests

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Are Chinese and American education models heading for a role reversal? As leaders work in China to move the country away from its notoriously rigorou...