Roundup: 5 Stories

From SCMP:

Latest estimates by Shenzhen Customs say there are more than 30,000 cross-border pupils who each day spend three to four hours travelling to study in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong.

But in recent years Shenzhen’s education scene has developed with international schools becoming more common in the city, which has always been criticised for its lack of quality education, medical services and daily conveniences, despite its reputation as a hi-tech powerhouse.

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Bullying and response in China

In the USA,

a. Some laws have been passed against school bullying, mostly calling on schools to report it.

b. There are a handful of prosecutors now pursuing bullies whose prey commit suicide, including a prominent case at Boston College last week.

c. An unrelated effort, however, broadly called “Restorative Justice,” has led to a lenient approach to all sorts of school misbehavior, including bullying.

China is also grappling with bullying, both the in-person and the online versions, and the online videos of the in-person version.
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Gov’t Proposes Bedtimes

Our neighbor teaches in Lexington. It’s a Boston suburb. It probably has one of the highest concentrations of Asian American students. The school system is well-regarded.

Recently the teacher was told: assign no homework besides 30 minutes of pleasure reading. She was pleased. The intent is to reduce stress.

I question the wisdom of going from “low written homework” – perhaps 30 minutes for a 3rd grader – to zero.
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