2021
DOI: 10.1177/1745499920983694
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Rethinking the notion of the high-performing education system: A Daoist response

Abstract: This article challenges the dominant notion of the ‘high-performing education system’ and offers an alternative interpretation from a Daoist perspective. The paper highlights two salient characteristics of such a system: its ability to outperform other education systems in international large-scale assessments; and its status as a positive or negative ‘reference society’. It is contended that external standards are applied and imposed on educational systems across the globe, judging a system to be high- or low… Show more

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“…The instructional objective is to inculcate perspective-taking, empathic concern and open-mindedness in everyday life. In a nutshell, a Daoist orientation to future-readiness advocates a more balanced and holistic approach to education as compared to one that revolves around the acquisition of technical skills (Tan, 2021).…”
Section: Implications For Future-ready Educationmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…The instructional objective is to inculcate perspective-taking, empathic concern and open-mindedness in everyday life. In a nutshell, a Daoist orientation to future-readiness advocates a more balanced and holistic approach to education as compared to one that revolves around the acquisition of technical skills (Tan, 2021).…”
Section: Implications For Future-ready Educationmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…But as clarified by Ames and Hall (2003) in their translation of Daodejing , wuwei does not mean or imply inactivity or passivity. Instead, wuwei – and by extension, Daoist leadership – is about being non-interfering, inspiring, liberating and nurturing (Tan, 2020, 2021d). The next section shall give more details and offer additional insights on Daoist leadership by analysing passages in Daodejing .…”
Section: A Literature Review Of Daoist Leadershipmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Human agency is achieved when humans critique traditional thinking and ways of life, fast their heart–mind, and wander in harmony. It follows that Zhuangzi's freedom for individuals is not self‐centered and is compatible with collectivism, as long as the latter enables the shared experience of liberty for all beings (Tan, 2021, forthcoming).…”
Section: Major Implicationsmentioning
confidence: 99%