Chinese Kids at Canadian Universities: Isolated

From the Vancouver Sun:

Some Canadian educators, and researchers like Mengwei Su and Laura Harrison of Ohio University, say the intense concentration of Chinese students in Western schools brings with it drawbacks, however, mainly for the students themselves.

Even though Western universities welcome Chinese students as “a particularly lucrative market,” Su and Harrison found many of the young Chinese struggle with English and integrating into Western culture — partly because they are ending up in classrooms and living situations dominated by other students from China.
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Intended Curriculum Versus “Real” Curriculum

In Chinese international schools, you can meet school leaders who describe their curriculum, and then see classrooms where that curriculum is not being followed closely.

If I ask the school leader about what I just saw, I often get a puzzled denial.

If I ask a school leader in the USA, though, I often get an exasperated, knowing acknowledgement. “Yep, such is life.”

So what is happening?

Stanford’s Larry Cuban explains in a 4 part framework.
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Rethinking P.D. in China

If I’m lucky enough to help start a school in China, I hope to help create some breakthroughs around professional development.

Traditional professional development is venerated in China. But what we know from the USA: it doesn’t work. A mirage.


This is not an education sector problem. See Peak. It’s true of adult development.

What’s one culprit of this PD failure?
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