China's Teens World's Smartest Critical Thinkers
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#1 Dec 9, 2013
Shanghai Teens Top World in Key Thinking Skills
Shanghais high schoolers are the worlds best in applying math, reading and science skills, according to a comprehensive survey of students in 65 nations released Tuesday.
Over a half million 15- and 16-year-olds in 65 nations sat last year for a two-hour exam as part of the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The OECD membership of 34 nations is generally deemed to include the worlds most advanced economies with a few notable exceptions, including Singapore and Hong Kong. China too is not a member.
Students from East Asia claimed seven of the top 10 places in score rankings, with Shanghai students far above the rest in each of the three areas tested. Their scores indicated that their educational attainment was equivalent to three more years of schooling than the global average in math, two more years in math and a year and a half more in reading.
Shanghai scored 613 points compared with the OECD average of 494. Singapore came in second with 573, followed by Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Macau. Peru had the lowest score of 368. The US scored 481 points, well below the OECD average. The UK ranked 26th in math with scores at about the average level among OECD nations.
East Asia topped the charts for reading as well, led by Shanghais score of 570, about a full years worth of education above OECD levels. It was followed by Hong, Singapore, Japan and South Korea.
In science Shanghai scored 580, about two years worth of schooling above the global average score of 501. Finland was the only nation outside East Asia to break into the top five, scoring just behind Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.
What makes Shanghais performance so impressive is that the test goes beyond measuring knowledge that can be obtained through rote memorization to evaluate students ability to apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations.
#3 Dec 10, 2013
This is so true.
#4 Dec 10, 2013
The Best and the Brightest!
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
#5 Dec 10, 2013
That is the problem with all these Far Eastern Tigress mothers.
Whether they are in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, south Korea, etc. They are unstoppable!
In Singapore, Hong Kong for examples, many parents registered their fetus with outstanding pre-school kindergartens or reputable schools even before they are born.
They demand that their offspring to perform better than their nearest competitors' offspring and so some clever Shanghai educationists even offer Kindergarten MBA course for pre-school kids. Amazing but it is true!
The level of competition is so great that there are many stories on how many kids committed suicide after performing not so well in their results.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
#6 Dec 10, 2013
That is why the FAR EAST produces some of the SMARTEST and BRIGHTEST students in the world today.
Why do you think all the FAR EASTERN TECHNOLOGICAL and ECONOMIES are surging way ahead of every other nations.
They are simply UNSTOPPABLE and nations like USA continue to strive by attracting the best from these regions nowadays with not so much success.
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