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Keep the tiger from mauling the UK’s school system

The East Asian educational model claims to focus on what parents think is important. However, writes Cecilia KY Chan, Hong Kong provides a cautionary tale on what can happen when schools try to second-guess parents, rather than engage with them

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When selecting a school for their child, which factor do you think influences parents the most: academic achievement or their child’s happiness?

I pondered this question when choosing a school for my own daughter. In Hong Kong, where I live, this issue is particularly important. In 2015, the Programme for International Student Assessment ranked Hong Kong students third lowest on a table of 15-year-olds’ sense of satisfaction with their lives; their average score of 6.5 (when asked to rate their life satisfaction on a scale of 0-10) compared unfavourably with the average among participating ...

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