By 9am on a typical Monday morning at Beijing No. 80 Middle School, the students sitting in neat rows with school uniforms perfectly ironed have already learned their nine times tables and recited a poem or two.
Meanwhile at Carlton Public in Melbourne, Australia the last of the class is just straggling in, weekend homework’s not done and the teacher is struggling to take control of the classroom.
In terms of day to day experience the two could not be further apart. Yet the ideal education borrows from both.
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