- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Some Tennessee school administrators will spend a few days of their summer learning more about education in China.

The Confucius Institute at Middle Tennessee State University is leading a delegation of educators on a 10-day excursion to China for a whirlwind sample of Chinese elementary and secondary schools.

The delegation will depart June 7 and will tour sites in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing before returning to the United States on June 17.

Mike Novak is assistant director of the institute. He says one purpose of the mission is to enhance educators’ understanding of each other’s methods.

For instance, he says the pupil-teacher ratio is considerably smaller in China because schools hire 20 to 50 percent more faculty.

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