I teach too, and am in thorough agreement with you. But try telling that to the local parents! The education committee here are paying lip service to putting less influence (never NO influence!) onto exams and results. They are failing.Here we have exams and tests and dictations at 4. The pressure to get into elite schools, where exam results are high is phenomenal. Thus testing begins almost as they begin to talk. I see that Hong Kong Schools are not listed. The shame of it! I am sure they would be expecting to be high up on a list which could be used as their bible.
I really don't know what it means either. Perhaps more enlightened people should aim for the schools at the bottom of the list for their children.
I must look for that article in the Times if it is online.
Wandering aimlessly through FT since 1999.