According to recent studies, China is home to one of the best education systems in the world, while Britain is trailing a long way behind. In Are our kids tough enough? Chinese school , five Chinese teachers take over the education of a class of fifty Year 9 pupils in a Hampshire school. They’re here to prove that even a high achieving British school has a lot to learn from their methods. In this unique experiment, the British and Chinese teaching styles are pitched against each other, with both sides tested after four weeks to see who comes out on top. Will the harsh regime of long days and strict discipline produce superior students? Or will the clash of two cultures create chaos in the classroom?
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The first epiosde of 'Are our kids tough enough? Chinese school' airs on BBC Two on Tuesday 4th August 2015 at 9.00PM. Full broadcast details and watch again links can be found on bbc.co.uk