Qiao Zheng Posted over 1 year ago How does the status quo design of student - faculty interactions diminish innovation in the classroom? How to hack higher ed? (Continue) I still remember a report said that “China’s best schools may produce the world’s best test-takers, but the United States’ best schools produce the world’s most creative talent.” Even though, I hate to admit it but it really react the difference between this two countries. In my country, students learn through memorization. Teacher enjoys a very high reputation and student believes that what he/she says or does is always the truth. In American education, however, much emphasis is placed on problem solving and discussion. Students are taught to think for themselves. The role of the teacher is to stimulate their thinking, to get them to ask questions, challenge and even argue with the teacher and come to their own conclusions. This is why I like American education better. Furthermore, we still need traditional teaching tools such as textbook, homework and exam. Isaac Newton said that he saw further than others because he stood on the shoulder of giants. So we need read the textbook to learn what we don’t know and then explore the unknown. Moreover, we cannot be an armchair strategist. We need to turn our knowledge learned from the textbook and others into practice, and we need a way to test it. That is why we still need homework and exam.