Claims of East Asia’s ‘chalk and talk’ teaching success are wrong, and short-sighted too

The problem with such calls ( we should learn from the “chalk and talk” teaching methods reported to be used in Shanghai ) is the assumption that the success of East Asian countries is due to specific features of their education systems. Even at first glance, this assumption would seem to be dubious. The school systems in these countries are quite diverse and are certainly not universally characterised by the use of chalk and talk, or any other specific teaching method.

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