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Chinese teachers in British classrooms

ThefirstepisodeofBBCdocumentaryseriesAreOurKidsToughEnough?ChineseSchoolmadeitsdebutonTuesday,andsoonbecameoneofthetoptopicsonsocialnetworksinbothChinaandBritain,withmanyeducationspecialistscommentingandretweeting.

Inthedocumentary,fiveChineseteacherstookoveraBritishclassroomwith50teenagersaged13and14inBohuntSchoolinHampshireforonemonth,andtaughttheminatypicalChineseway:notalking,noquestions,wearingaspecialuniformandexperiencingtheharshclassroomdisciplinewithinanextendedschool-hourfrom7a.m.to7p.m.

Studentsintheexperimentalprogramhadtodomorningexercises,tookcompulsoryphysicaleducationoflong-distancerunning,andwerealsorequiredtodoeyeexercisesduringbreaks.Someofthestudentswerecaughtoncameraintearsaswasoneoftheteachers.

Atendofthisepisode,mostoftheteensfounditdifficulttoadapttotheChinesemethodologies.SomeofthemevendescribedtheirChineseteachersas"rude"and"unreasonable".TheirteacherswerenotpreparedforthestarkdifferencesbetweenChineseandBritishstudentsaswell.Oneoftheteacherscouldn'thelpbutcomplainthattheclassroomwasalways"chaotic"totheheadteacheroftheschool.

ManyChinesenetizens,especiallythepost-1980netizens,saidthatthedocumentaryremindedthemofpastschool-days.Meanwhile,theycriticizedtheBritishstudentsas"unmannerly"and"lackofrespecttoothers"afterwatchingthedocumentary.

Chu_hsi,aweibo.comuser,said: "IagreethatChineseclassroomdisciplineistoostrict,tosomedegree.Butafreestyleclassroommeansthatstudentscandiscussacademicissuesinbetteratmosphere,noteating,puttingonmake-upordoingwhateveryoulike.TheBritishstudentslackthemostbasicpoliteness.Thisistheissueofupbringing."

Hiscommentwonmorethan2, 000praisesinweibo.cominashorttime.Meanwhile,lotsofBritishnetizenshadthesamefeelings.OnTwitter,JoBoyne'scomment"Ihopetheparentsofsomeofthesechildrenarehorrifiedtoseehowillbehavedanddisrespectfultheirkidsare"gotmuchapprovalaswell.