Huh? Did I miss something?
Sure, Taiwan always does well at the international Maths and Science olympiads, but that comes from hours and hours of doing repetitive mathematical exercises, rather than from instilling students with questioning, inquisitive and logical thought processes.
Furthermore, I have been rapidly disabused of the idea that local students possess basic arithmetic and problem-solving skills superior to anyone back home. Indeed I am often horrified at the lack of basic calculation skills (whip out the calculator for ±X/ calculations under 100, for example) exhibited by all ages, from elementary to post-grad and working-age level.
They don’t do so hot at most other subjects either. Check most adults’ knowledge of almost anything outside Taiwan, and you will find a void, even despite the fact that many of them travel (in carefully controlled tour groups).
History? Black hole.
Geography? Gaping abyss (although my gf did study the mainland Chinese rail network while at school :loco: )
Music and art? A chasm
Sex education? Uhhh?
Must I go on?
And they are certainly not taught at schools or universities to think for themselves. Now I am no expert on American education. I have heard all the horror stories about how students graduate without being able to read or write (one area in which I would say Taiwan has an advantage), but to hear people thinking that Taiwan, overall, provides better rounded education, does astound me.