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09-15-2011, 11:00 AM
From San Francisco Examiner (http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/foreign-students-bolster-san-francisco-high-schools-flagging-enrollment) by Amy Crawford:
Politicians might wring their hands over whether American schoolchildren can keep up with the Chinese, but 15-year-old Jiazhou Liu has a different perspective.

“America has the best education in the world,” he said. “In China, you just read books and memorize things. It’s kind of boring.”

Liu, who goes by Henry, left his home in Beijing this summer to attend Archbishop Riordan High School in The City. A sophomore, he’s one of 16 Chinese and Vietnamese students in the new boarding program. One additional boarder hails from Northern California.

When Patrick Daly took over last year as president of Riordan, which is located in Balboa Park, enrollment was flagging. The 60-year-old, all-male Catholic school had lost about 250 students between 2005 and 2010. Daly recognized that the aspirations of teens such as Liu to learn in America could help revive the school.

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