Asia’s Education Tigers Grapple With Success
Live and learn. Singapore, South Korea and Shanghai consistently rank among the highest in international assessments of math, science and reading. But there’s a cost: Students report feeling burned out, while rote learning — which values memorization over innovation — has sparked fears that pupils won’t be able to compete in a quickly changing world. Those issues have led to proposals for more creative approaches to education, from de-emphasizing exam results to encouraging study tours abroad, though they’re meeting some resistance from conservative parents and institutions.