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MERICS Lunch Talk with Didi Kirsten Tatlow

China’s education system and its new focus on creativity

China’s school system is the largest in the world. The system is based on rote learning and centralized exams. A growing number of Chinese parents is concerned about the lack of active learning in the classrooms and the lack of emphasis on children’s individual development. But that's about to change: China's education ministry has placed creativity on the school agenda to prepare students for the future challenges in a fast changing world.  Didi Kirsten Tatlow, a former reporter for The New York Times in Beijing and currently a Visiting Academic Fellow at MERICS, will talk about different concepts of creativity, the role of ideology in the Chinese educational sector and current trends. Ms. Tatlow accompanied her own children through the Chinese school system for nine years. The talk will be hosted by Kristin Shi-Kupfer, Director of the MERICS Research Area on Public Policy and Society. The talk will be held in German. 

Time: Thursday, March 22, 12.30 – 2.00 pm

Place: Mercator Institute for China Studies, Klosterstraße 64, 10179 Berlin-Mitte (entrance through the second courtyard).

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