Liberal Arts Courses are Blooming Abroad – Newsweek

by Scott Smith

And innovative approaches to education are also hampered by ingrained Confucian attitudes to teaching—respect for authority, hierarchy and rote learning. Zhao Zhongjian, director of the Center for Global Education at East China Normal University, says teachers need to “foster 21st-century talents.” That means understanding that creative arts are no longer a frivolous luxury, but essential to achieving a competitive edge.