The media is awash with stories about the exceptional academic success of Chinese students. Young Chinese-Australians are topping their classes, winning places in selective schools, and gaining entry into competitive university courses.
When China debuted in the 2009 international standardised testing program PISA, students outperformed their counterparts across the world in reading, mathematics and science. What’s behind their success? In her review of Andrew B. Kipnis' Governing Educational Desire: Culture, Politics and Schooling in China, Arathi Sriprakash finds there’s more to it than ‘Asian values’ and ‘tiger mothers’, at any rate …
Read more in the Australian Review of Public Affairs (42).