Shanghai is an exceptional case - and the [PISA] results there are close to what I expected. But what surprised me more [in China] were the results from poor provinces that came out really well. The levels of resilience are just incredible. In China, the idea is so deeply rooted that education is the key to mobility and success.
Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development who oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment. (via lessonsfromabroad)