1. What people in China thought of UK teaching experiment
"Foreign education teaches children to live happily and teaches independent thought... it fosters creativity," That focus on creativity appeared again and again in the discussion. "China's education is just cramming... it is solely performance-based,"
"For years nothing has changed. Students [in China] are taught like robots," wrote another.
The same criticism was levelled at the country's higher education system. "China's university education system is really weak, most teachers only pay attention to their script,"
But others saw the value in the Chinese approach, and thought the environment in British classrooms was unruly. "How would you feel if you were a teacher, faced with a crowd of students who don't follow lectures, put their feet on the table, and sit eating or applying makeup?" said one Weibo user.
Neil Strowger, headteacher, Bohunt School
Chinese teaching methods were on a collision course with teenage British culture and values. Our pupils are used to being able to ask questions of the teacher - they expect their views to be considered with respect.
Furthermore, British pupils expect to have variety in their learning. They are not used to being incarcerated in a large group and in the same classroom studying a very narrow curriculum.
Rosie Lunskey, 15, a pupil at Bohunt
I'm a normal teenager - I like my sleep and my freedom. But I traded it all in for more school than sleep each day, for four weeks with pushy teachers, all while wearing a completely atrocious tracksuit for almost 12 hours a day.
Acting like robots was the right way to go. For me, it was something I found difficult to get used to. I'm used to speaking my mind in class, being bold, giving ideas, often working in groups to advance my skills and improve my knowledge.
But a lot of the time in the experiment, the only thing I felt I was learning was how to copy notes really fast and listen to the teacher lecture us.
One of the hardest things to deal with was different expectations of me as a student. It felt like we had to always be the best. That there was no longer any point in trying if you weren't going to be top of the class. Only the scores on tests mattered.
The classroom environment felt stressful and enclosed. When you have 50 other pupils in the room it's hard enough to concentrate without being made to feel as if you are competing against them all the time.
Simon Zou, who taught maths and acted as form teacher
I'm grateful that I could take part in the entire experimental project. It taught me a lot.
As a form teacher, I successfully introduced Chinese classroom management - where the class is a unit.
I established a class committee and routines for students on duty. Leaders were selected for each class activity. This allowed the students to bear responsibility, as well as to exercise their leadership, communication, cooperation and organisation skills.
I believe if we give students a stage to perform, they will surprise us.