Teachers as Gardeners

Some Chinese educators want to reform the Chinese school system they decry as formulaic, test-driven, and uncreative. In China Daily (10/10/13), Professor Chen Yanru of Xiamen University remarks that in the past the Chinese used to call teachers “gardeners,” who nurtured their students as individuals, just as gardeners grow different plants in different ways. Nowadays, says Chen, that old approach to education in China is gone. We think Professor Chen would admire Birches School, with our differentiated, nature-based academics.

Here our STEM specialist and a student are estimating and then counting seeds from a pumpkin, preparing to use these numbers in complicated math problems.