I have written about some of the extra-judicial factors before, see here (chapter 8), but I have overlooked one of the fundamental flaws that China has to fix: its educational system.
I assume that for an educational system that fosters creativity the following factors are of crucial importance:
- Idle/play time;
- Combining factors that have not been combined before;
- Atmosphere where experimenting (or put it another way: critical thinking) is possible.
Based on these assumptions are my hypotheses:
- Most students work too hard and too long and learn too much by rote (learning by repetition) to develop their creativity;
- Many students limit themselves by focusing exclusively on what is relevant, but often it is hard to know ex ante what the ingredients for success are going to be, and following the downtrodden path is not helpful for making new combinations or to "think outside the box" or to be open to serendipity;
- Most schools do not give enough room for experimentation;
- Although there are many ways to Beijing, parents, teachers and society at large expects students to excel and go to the Chinese Ivy League schools and universities. This puts students under immense pressure.
Of course these Hypotheses need to be tested.
I am interested in your views. Let me know. ipdragon at gmail dot com.
IP Dragon thinks this educational problem is shared by countries such as Singapore, Korea and Japan. Since these countries are no longer known for their rampant infringements of intellectual property rights the explanation becomes more convincing that China's low level of intellectual property enforcement is caused by the developmental phase it is.
Carven, a student of St Joseph's College in Hong Kong, and member of the project affairs department of the 43rd Joint School Science Exhibition Preparation Committee wrote in the Young Post of the South China Morning Post of November 18, the article 'Lack of Creativity Limits Knowlegde'.
"The educational system in Hong Kong - in which students are spoon-fed information - has often been criticised. It leads to students having no idea how to be creative in the pursuit of knowledge."