As a foreigner in the United States, one question I've often been asked by newly-met friends has been "What do you find special about America?" I always have a good answer for that question: "Education."
American children have colorful lives while their Chinese peers are locked up in studies. Surprisingly, many of my American friends are not as optimistic about the American system. In fact, they've told me it's the U.S. education system that's problematic and perhaps should learn from the Chinese system.
I see partial truth in this argument. China's education system does produce highly competitive students; but competitiveness isn't always good — especially when it just means acing tests. In that regard, Chinese schools do terribly well.