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Why is China’s Economy growing so much faster than its ‘intellectual footprint’?

Why is China’s Economy growing so much faster than its ‘intellectual footprint’?

In an article at titled “Why is China’s Economy growing so much faster than its ‘intellectual footprint’? “ Bobak Tavangar writes that even as Chinese exports grow rapidly, its intellectual capital growth stagnates. He traces the problem to the antiquated Chinese education system that stifles creativity. When this situation is well understood by everyone who matters, why is it that the Chinese education system is so resistant to change?

There are a number of voices that say that the Chinese are not creative or critical thinkers. Sometimes even the Chinese themselves say this. However, the issue is not as simple.

Every human being has a spark of creativity inside him. Examples can be seen everywhere. But in China’s case, it is very visible that its exports are rising much faster than its intellectual capabilities. There are two problem areas that contribute to this.

The first is the Chinese school system and the second is the barriers to innovation in the Chinese economy. The first of these is easier to rectify.

Early education has a profound impact on how an individual develops. This is where China has a problem. Its K-12 system is totally test focused and relies on quantity, memorization and competition. There is no scope for individuality and intellectual curiosity.

Luckily, some changes are underway. There are voices calling for a more balanced approach to education. However, change is slow. Many Chinese students are going abroad to study and return with a much broader outlook. However, not all Chinese students can afford this.

Innovation is a result of creativity; however, a lack of innovation does not imply a lack of creativity. In China’s case, education is a key enabler of creativity which will lead to greater innovation.

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The New Asia Innovation Team