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social scientists generally agree that “teacher differences account for about 10% of the variance in student test score gains in a single year.” Out-of-school factors account for about 60% of the variance; many other influences are unexplained variables
Zhao said that test has the wrong focus for the future and even the PISA test for perceived entrepreneurial capability found that those with great entrepreneurial scores had poor math scores.
As a native of China, Zhao said he knows his country will never have a entrepreneur like Steve Jobs unless it revamps its educational system.
China has 20 percent of the world population but only 1 percent of the patents, he said.
"The products that dominate the globe are made by the United States," he said. "Bad education has not ruined the United States."
"To me, as a parent, I want students to be confident, to come out of school curious. When you are confident, you can learn other things but once you ruin confidence, it's hard to get it back," Zhao said.
Lady Gaga, Mark Zuckerburg, Steve Jobs are happy accidents, he said.
"The American system allows people like Lady Gaga to survive," he said. "You tolerate people like Lady Gaga. Most systems force a student to conform, some more than others."