Mail online 25 nov 2014
Ministe (UK) r tells
schools to copy China - and ditch trendy teaching for 'chalk and talk':
Teachers speaking in front of a class 'much more effective than independent
Education Minister Nick Gibb said 'whole class teaching' is
more effective It involves the teacher
instructing all pupils together using blackboard Remarks follow scheme which
saw teachers from UK visit Shanghai Researchers
have found children in China achieve 30% higher marksMethod was used in UK
until '50s when it was deemed too authoritarian
By Jonathan Petre for The Mail on Sunday 15 November
Schools are being urged to go back to chalk and talk teaching
that was once widespread in Britain in order to reproduce the success the
traditional methods now have in China.
Education Minister Nick Gibb said having a teacher speak to
the class as a whole from the front was much more effective than children
working on their own the method which has become dominant in schools over the
past 40 years.
Mr Gibbs intervention, which will infuriate many in the
educational establishment, follows a Government scheme in which more than 70
maths teachers from British primaries went to Shanghai to study the teaching
styles of their Chinese counterparts.
Education Minister Nick Gibb has said having a teacher speak
to the class from the front was more effective Researchers have found that
children in China achieve marks in maths up to 30 per cent higher than English
pupils of the same age.
In whole class teaching, which was common in
this country until the 1950s, the teacher instructs a