Concerns about public education in China are fueling an increasing interest in alternative schools like Waldorf education. The trend is profiled in a fascinating New Yorker article now on newsstands.
Despite test scores that are the envy of many American school systems, some Chinese parents are worried that their schools are too rigid and overly focused on rote memorization. This has critics warning that Chinese students are not developing the creative thinking and problem solving skills needed to compete in the the 21st Century. Sound familiar? Rhode Island and many other states are also grappling with concerns about a "crisis" in public education, which threatens to leave students unprepared for the working world. It seems even stellar test scores are not enough to alleviate these concerns.