The TES is reporting that at a time when design and technology teachers fear for the future of their subject, China is turning to the UK to learn how to teach the subject in its schools…
Just last week, David Baker, director of the charity Design Education, claimed in TES that the subject of D&T was “dying” because fewer students were choosing the subject and fewer people were training to teach it.
Despite D&T teachers’ concerns over the subject’s demise in the UK, however, the Chinese have asked for their help in training staff to teach it, as the country attempts to adopt a more creative approach to education in its schools. A delegation of UK teachers with the Design and Technology Association (DTA) flew out to China 10 days ago.
Richard Green, chief executive of the DTA, said the Chinese government believed its culture was too “risk averse”, something that it hoped to change through its schools.
“They perform very well in [international education] league tables, but what they are not good at is having the creativity to apply that knowledge,” Mr Green said. “They said that the back of an [Apple] iPhone says ‘designed in California, assembled in China’ – what they want is for it to say ‘designed and made in China’…”
How interesting that China appears to want to learn to be more creative from our D&T teachers when they feel under threat for their and the subject’s future in this country…
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