Why Chinese Kids Are Smart But Not Creative

Ever wonder why Chinese kids are so good at math? DNA? Are they born smart or is it just practise? We moved to China in 2009 and were warned about how tough the schooling would be. Chinese parents, anxious to help, dropped a few hints. At farewell dinners the conversation would eventually turn to education: how hard the Chinese kids worked and/or how easy it was for western kids. I knew they were clever; what I didn’t grasp was the level of effort involved.