04 Aug 2015

OU/BBC: Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School

Starting Tuesday 4th August 2015 @ 9.00pm on BBC 2

Today sees the first episode in a new 3 part series, made in partnership with The Open University, called “Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School” on BBC TWO at 9.00pm (In Scotland it will be shown on Thursday 6th August at 8pm).

Episode 1:
In a unique experiment, five teachers from China take over the education of fifty teenagers in a Hampshire school to see whether the high-ranking Chinese education system can teach us a lesson. Will the harsh regime of long days and strict discipline produce superior students? Or will the clash of two cultures create chaos in the classroom? After four weeks, the Chinese and British systems will go head to head with the whole year group sitting exams to see which teaching style gets the best results. Day one of the experiment proves a shock for everyone, and there are tears when the teenagers discover just how competitive the Chinese teachers expect them to be.

Episode 2:
As the project continues, the kids rebel against the harsh regime of long days and strict discipline. Behaviour in the Chinese School gets worse, with the Chinese teachers struggling to deliver their lessons. Word gets back to the British headmaster and he decides it's time to intervene.

Episode 3:
It's exam week at Chinese School, but after recent discipline problems the Chinese teachers are playing catch up against their British counterparts. Can their fifty kids knuckle down for the exams, and show benefits from the Chinese approach? And which system will triumph-the Chinese, or the British?

OpenLearn also has extensive content in connection with the series subject areas;

Can British schools learn anything from China? Join the debate and have your say, or discover more on stereotypes and clashing of cultures. Visit www.open.edu/openlearn/tough-enough

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