Shanghai Maths Method: Does it really work?
The Shanghai Teaching Method has become popular and has raised eyebrows from nations all across the globe. Shanghai, a city from eastern China, took part in the triennial Pisa test for 15 year olds in 2009 and 2012. It outperformed other study abroad nations from the west such as UK, US and Germany. They also topped other nations such as Japan and Singapore.
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international survey of education systems worldwide that occurs every three years. It was first held in the year 2000 and it tests the skills and knowledge of the school pupils who are just 15 years old. PISA is conducted by the organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in member and non-member nations.
Over 500 thousand students from 72 countries took part in the test in 2015. The duration for the test was for 2 hours. Math reading, collaborative problem solving, science and financial literacy were all the subjects that were conducted for student assessment. Amazingly, the results indicated that the children of poor workers from Shanghai did better than the children of the professional workers from the west. This proves that the children who are poor have the skill and the ability.
Pros of Shanghai Maths Method
- Specialization: One of the key highlights in China is that the school teachers are specialized in just one particular subject.
- Training for Teachers: Before they get specialized in a subject, they undergo training for five years. The teachers also get to know about how a child from a very specific age group perceives things that are taught to him/her.
- End Result: The teachers are trained well and they almost become a master in teaching after the end of their training.
- Time spent: Although students spend a longer time at school, the lessons are taught for like 35 minutes. After that get 15 minutes of play time.
- Systematic procedure: Teachers considerably spend less time with the pupils. The rest of the time the teachers interact with the students to assist them in learning. The teachers also work with their colleagues when it comes to discussing the techniques that can be implemented in teaching so that students can perform better.
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Cons of Shanghai Maths Method
- Longer time at school: The classes start from 7 am and end at 5 pm.
- Absence of streaming: A student must be attentive and/or understand whenever a teacher teaches something before moving on.
- Accelerated Learning: Experts say that the Shanghai system makes the parents force their children to study too hard. Roughly 80% of the students are going for private learning sessions after school.