And yes, you can identify the exact ingredients for the formula – they are dedication, hard work and the belief in success. Both teachers and students must sustain these traits and a positive attitude on behalf of the students is also expected.
I live very near the best high school in Donghai, on the North-Eastern coast of China. One of my students just revealed their scary-tough daily schedule to me. Here’s a question to all those readers who’ve been complaining about having a little homework to do in their free time at home. The students at this high school don’t have homework – everything is done at school, during their normal classes - you might think that’s learning heaven.
Check this one out and tell me if you’d even dare considering enrolling at this school or you’d find a way of being grateful you have it as you do at your own school, wherever that may be in the world.
My student gets up at 6:20, to have breakfast at 6:30 and she leaves home by 6:40. She doesn’t live far from school, so she arrives by 6:50.
My student arrives home by 22:10, takes a shower and she’s ready for bed – I’m not surprised!
They do this for 3 years, during grades 10, 11 and 12 and the majority of these students get into the Oxford and Cambridge Universities of China – the cream of the cream in terms of candidates.
I've seen a storm of cars driving onto that street and then out again round about 10pm one evening and I wondered if they had a parents' meeting scheduled for that day, but now I realise this is a daily routine for everybody involved with this school! I wonder how do the teachers cope with this timetable.