Originally posted by twhitehead
Which reporter does worst at Geography?
Which country ....
I have no doubt that the journalist (who's the target of Twhitehead's
sneering) already knew that Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Macau are not
sovereign countries. Hong Kong and Macau do have educational systems
independent of the People's Republic of China's. The reason why Shanghai,
hong Kong, and Macau were mentioned as *distinct entities* (though not
'countries' ) in this report was that the People's Republic of China did *not*
have comprehensive test results (for 2012) available for all of its students.
While I suspect that Shanghai's students perform better than the average
students in China, I would point out that Shanghai has a diverse population
of about 24 million people, which is larger than most countries' populations.
Shanghai's population is several times larger than Singapore's, a city-state
that's counted as a sovereign country, so Shanghai does not have a small
sample size. Would anyone like to compare Shanghai's test results with
those of London or New York City (which have much smaller populations)?