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East meets West in China’s new breed of bilingual schools

A new crop of bilingual schools in China are working to unite Eastern and Western educational styles

Bilingual schools in China are attempting to 'marry up' Eastern and Western pedagogies

In 2010, Michael Gove, then education secretary, penned a loving ode to East Asian pedagogy. He described with excitement how he wanted education in England to emulate the schools he had seen in China and Singapore. “Like Chairman Mao, we’ve embarked on a Long March to reform our education system,” he wrote.

Gove confessed, apparently without irony, that, in education, “I’d like us to implement a cultural revolution just like the one they’ve had in China”.

England’s attraction to East Asian pedagogy has only deepened since then. In 2016, schools minister Nick Gibb announced plans to ...

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