David Cameron urges UK schools to teach Mandarin – FT.com

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This FT article on David Cameron‘s visit to China is WELL WORTH A READ. Check it out!

via David Cameron urges UK schools to teach Mandarin – FT.com.

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am not a major fan of David Cameron but I am delighted to see that some good has come from his official visit to China. The focus on increasing greater UK teaching of Mandarin is a very positive signal. Also I was encouraged that UK teachers will visit China to lean from their Chinese colleagues.

Any thoughts?

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  3. Dr Alf’s blog brings to mind the saying better late than never.

    If David Cameron has finally woken up to this country’s need to engage with China then that is a good thing.

    Teachers from this country going to China is a waste of time because too many of them are left-wing apparatchiks, who read the Guardian, and are beyond any hope of meaningful change.

    We already know what methods are used in the Far East, and we already know how much parents in those countries value education, hard-work, self-discipline, sense-of-family, and self-sacrifice.

    What is needed is the political will and messianic drive to inculcate these attitudes into people in the country until they are so ingrained they become reflex actions.

    This will require leading by example, which for David Cameron, would mean no more Angry Birds, no more chillaxing with bottles of wine, fewer and shorter holidays, less complacency, thinking before speaking and a lot more work.

    Most UK teachers are not up to the mark and need to be sacked and replaced by competent ones and the disproportionate amount of woman teachers needs to be changed so that there are more male role models for boys.

    The UK school-day is far too short and needs to be extended and made more rigorous, school holidays are too long and need to be cut along with annual holiday entitlement until national productivity rises to top decile levels.

    Changing mindsets requires what top sportspeople have known for years, the need for performance coaching and psychology to beneficially impact upon motivation.

    Experts of this, kind must be embedded in schools and workplaces to work with people and pupils and Government Ministers and top bosses must be made to and be seen to take the same medicine.

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