Why is it surprising that Shanghai students did well?

The headline at this moment on the education page of the New York Times is “Top Test Scores from Shanghai Stun Educators”.

Why should it surprise anyone that the Chinese have blown the United States, and many other countries, out of the water with test scores?

The article is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/education/07education.html?ref=education

“We have to see this as a wake-up call,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in an interview on Monday.

“I know skeptics will want to argue with the results, but we consider them to be accurate and reliable, and we have to see them as a challenge to get better,” he added. “The United States came in 23rd or 24th in most subjects. We can quibble, or we can face the brutal truth that we’re being out-educated.”

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About educationescritora

I'm a former high school Spanish teacher and central office employee. I believe that excellent public education will be a catalyst for positive social change in our country and that we cannot wait any longer to deliver the teachers, knowledge, and skills that our students need.
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