"While I am in no way advocating the Chinese way of hot-housing education, i have to admit that the teachers eventually seem to get the respect and results they strive for from their pupils.
Is it any wonder that the Chinese pupils in our universities prove to be better students of learning and achieve higher levels of degree passes than British university entrants. I don't know how such discipline is imposed in China on their pupils at elementary level, but I'd bet a British pound to a Chinese penny (I guess that's the approximate exchange rate at the moment), that the teachers in China brook no back-chat and know how to stamp out rebellion before it takes root!
I am led to believe that a rigid discipline regime is operated to 'shame' their pupils into submission as students and drive them into success as adult business moguls. When the head of a large Chinese business empire fails, he doesn't receive a great fat bonus and golden-hands pay off from the dividend holders. No, like the Japanese who also operate on 'shame verses performance' principle, he will more likely cry and apologise to his shareholders in front of the nation's television cameras for having committed the ultimate shame of 'failure itself,' before vanishing into oblivion, where neither society nor any member of their extended family are ever likely to clap eyes on them again in public. "
Need we wonder that in the world of educational standards and business growth why Great Britain is no longer a first division player and indeed languishes at the bottom of the league? Perhaps, if as a nation, we start being ashamed of failure again instead of embracing it as a universal birthright to be experienced, accepted and endured willingly whenever it occurs, perhaps then we may start to count in the world once more. We ought to be ashamed of ourselves for having exported our values and devalued our image of self-worth and Britishness since the 1950's." William Forde: November 12th, 2013.