Article about Britain turning to Chinese math methods (not Singapore)

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    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/05/world/asia/china-textbooks-britain.html?_r=0

    The article describes and compares methods used to teach math in Britain and China in light of the success of the 'mastery approach' in international test results. It is a more interactive than others, it teaches fewer concepts at greater depth, and waits for an entire class to exhibit mastery before moving on to the next concept The textbooks used are "significantly more demanding" than those currently used in Britain according to the publisher. Shanghai students came in first in international testing in 2010, the first year they participated.
     
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    A related article from Australian Financial Review: "Why are all the Asian kids on the maths team?"
    http://www.afr.com/news/policy/education/xx-20160308-gndk9s

    Written by a US teacher who attributed Chinese students' mathematics triump to the Gladwell Theory .. "So everyone seems aware of how well Asian students in Asia, as well as Asian-Americans, are doing in maths. But why is this the case? The most popular explanation is the one posited by Malcolm Gladwell in his popular book Outliers: The Chinese do well in maths because their number system is easier and more intuitive, and because they have developed a strong work ethic as a result of their history cultivating rice... "
     
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    I teach in a school with a high Asian Population. Most of the Asian students are US born and many do well in math- they compute quickly, have good place value understanding...they can have some difficulty explaining their thinking or exploring alternate approaches outside the algorithm. Most of my high achieving Asian math students go to extra math classes after school (typically Kumon math-drill, drill, drill), as well as music classes, native language classes...one can't ignore the cultural influence here in addition to methodologies.
     
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