I watched it and it is worth watching if only to see the culture differences.
For the Chinese system to work the children need to have learnt the "Chinese way" from a much younger age than year 9, interestingly some of the children looked very bored, but some, it seemed the brighter ones were learning.
I don't agree with the Chinese methods but do think children sitting quietly when told by a teacher to do so should be the norm!
I agree, but it summed it up when the kids admitted that punishments designed to humiliate were seen as humorous by the offending child and their peers.
I don't agree that it was just the brighter kids though that benefited, the girl who said she enjoyed the lessons admitted it was the first time she had understood equilibrium. Often having a full set of comprehensive notes and fully solved problems with correct answers can allow children to catch up during homework tasks. Whereas when working at your own pace, even with help, there is a limited supply of worked examples, let alone if you were a bit stuck in class, but the teacher didn't notice and you were too shy to ask. I suppose it does depend on the two hours a day self work session though, to really get the stuff sunk in.
There is deffo some degree of courses for horses I think.
I wonder if Sophie's parents were upset or resigned or even defensive when they saw their daughter playing up, presumably they had a pre-view.