By Jim Nowlan
I am spending May in Shanghai as a visiting scholar at Fudan University where I am teaching a short course in American government for smart senior undergraduate students. I also lecture to graduate students on various topics in American politics. The English of my students is impressive indeed, and no translation is needed.
Because Shanghai scored highest in the world in 2012 in the math education achievement of 15 year olds, I asked my host professor if she might contact her child’s middle school to see if I could learn how the schools in Shanghai do so well.