Point of View: Don’t be blinded by the big numbers
- Created: Monday, 18 June 2018 09:49
ELT consultant Simon Cox stresses the importance of recognising the diversity and complexity in Chinese education
I’ve noticed that many articles about China begin with big numbers. Whatever the point of view of the writer – whether critical, admiring, or a bit of both – the go-to opening is often to start with scale.
It could be how many miles of high-speed train lines have been built across the country in the last 10 years, or how many millions of students are sitting gaokao (the college entrance examination) this June, or just how many clay warriors the first emperor of Qin had built for his tomb.