Chinese School Algebra

A UK boy studying Grade 7 Algebra in a Chinese school: a culture shock, not only linguistic but pedagogical:

Chinese Math emphasizes on drilling and computational techniques, which earns them 2 decades of championship in the International Math Olympiad
It has its weakness, though, in abstract mathematical thinking and theoretical foundation – as found strongly in the French Math – which limits China from producing any Fields Medalist todate. (2 Overseas Chinese Fields medalists are ST Yau 丘成桐 and Terence Tao, 陶哲轩 who were both educated outside of China: Yau in HK/USA and Tao in Australia/USA)


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