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Jobs in China

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by percy topliss, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. percy topliss

    percy topliss Established commenter

    Advertisement in the TES: A-level/IBDP/AP Physics Teacher, China

    I think that this speaks volumes regarding the Chinese administrators understanding of education. I would love to meet someone capable of doing the above job and giving 100% to all three disciplines

    Gong Xi Fa Choi....

  2. ejclibrarian

    ejclibrarian Established commenter Community helper

    LOL! I pity the person who gets that job.
  3. mikemcdonald25

    mikemcdonald25 Occasional commenter

    Without seeing the advert I would guess that this is at one of the many new 'bolt on' units at a Chinese government school.

    As the number of wealthy Chinese parents has grown hugely and as only the top 1% of students pass the gao kao to go to the best Chinese universities these places have multiplied. The wealthy parents have realised that their children can go to the top US/UK/Aus/Can universities a lot more easily than to the top Chinese universities. So having finished their compulsory Chinese education they then go to one of these special units, normally at 15 or 16, they do a years pre-prep (mostly to get their English language skills up to speed but also to get used to the very different approach to education) and then choose one of the options mentioned.

    These are usually very bright students (obviously just below the top 1%) who are committed and hard working - so its not all bad news.

    And having tight both the IB Diploma and A levels for many years (even at one school that ran both) I would say that teaching 16-18 year old students in preparation for university is more or less the same no matter what the system. Yes, the syllabii are somewhat different and the examination requirements are too, but it ain't rocket science, and you would not be expected to teach them all at the same time.

    The big problem with the IB Diploma is all the extra baggage that comes with it (EE, TOK and CAS, which is why many of these units only teach A levels and AP) not the subject teaching. If you are good subject specialist that's all that really matters.
  4. percy topliss

    percy topliss Established commenter

    Thanks Mike, whilst this post was meant to be tongue in cheek I still think that advertising the way that they have shows a lack of awareness.


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