About the Scholar: Chen Zhou grew up in China and attended Jiaxiang Foreign Languages School attached to Chengdu No. 7 Middle School in Chengdu, China
Since about 2006, the emphasis of China’s educational program seems to have shifted from quantity of education to quality. Chen looks at a number of school “facilities,” and compares them with the standardized scores of graduates to look for those that might foster better outcomes. Factors correlated with positive results include larger class size (a surprise), a longer school history, a stronger pupil-teacher ratio, a city location (with a few exceptions), and private ownership, which usually means better financing. The presence of a library and student numbers show no influence. Studying other factors could help clarify these results.
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.