Keystone Magazine - Page 13

ways of teaching these three things that are best expressed in those three different traditions in order to make sure that each one is taught to its highest proficiency at Keystone. In Math teaching, for example, it is fascinating to look at China in contrast to math teaching in the U.S. It is still the case in Chinese schools, all the way through high school, that students are not encouraged to use calculators, and in many cases are not allowed to use calculators. And not until college do they start using calculators. In the U.S., it is exactly the opposite. Kids are using them almost before they can talk, and they use them all of the way through school. When they get to college, they are discouraged from using them and asked to start thinking in a more conceptual way, using their own minds. The Chinese way has proved more successful. There are other reasons, but that is just one aspect. So we should be looking at the best ways of doing things from those traditions. And that is what learning from the world is all about. You look around you and say, okay, that country or that system has reached a high point in that subject and let us take from that. “Growing will be a metaphorical tradition of the school. Reflection will be another one.” Malcolm McKenzie at the Confucius Temple, Beijing Q: Chinese education stresses the importance of study in mathematics, physics and chemistry. And Chinese students are known for their strong abilities in these areas. Will Keystone education also focus on these disciplines? What importance will Liberal Arts have in Keystone’s education? A: Let us take that question back to where we started out, with the fusing of three great traditions - Chinese, American and International. Because it seems to me that you can look at these three traditions and you can say that these are some of the different subject areas or discip [