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China: Just as Desperate for Education Reform as the U.S.
TIME ^ | 06/27/2013 | Rana Foroohar

Posted on 06/27/2013 6:25:55 PM PDT by TexGrill

This article is the fourth in Foroohar’s series on Chinese business and economic developments and their effects on the global economy; find the rest of the series here.

While Americans often worry that hordes of Chinese engineers will eat their economic lunch, the Chinese look to the U.S. for the model of how to educate a 21st-century workforce. This realization hit me during a recent trip to China, on which I kept hearing about how broken the Chinese educational model was, and how desperately it needed to be reformed in order for the country to move up the economic food chain and create the millions of new jobs required to avoid higher unemployment, and the social unrest that often comes with it.

I saw the problem first-hand at Wuhan University, one of the top ten schools in China. While not as elite as Beijing University or Tsinghua (which are often referred to as China’s Harvard and MIT), Wuhan is certainly one of China’s Ivies. Yet while the dozen or so students I met with there were clearly bright and hard working, they had trouble thinking creatively or outside the box. One young man claimed he wanted to put his economics degree to work fixing China’s environment. But when I asked him how he might go about that – by starting a company? lobbying the government? using social media? – he looked confused and simply shrugged.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chinaeconomy
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1 posted on 06/27/2013 6:25:55 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

You’ve got to be a genius to learn to speak a tonal language and then some to read and write Chinese. In Florida, we teach kids how to write cursive but not how to read what they’ve written.


2 posted on 06/27/2013 6:34:37 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA

Alabama was considering, and may have done so, outlawing the teaching of cursive writing in the schools. Apparently, so have other states as well.

How in the sam hill can a kid learn to write cursively but not learn, know or understand what it means? Why would it not be taught? Conversely, why teach it if there is no intention to teach what it means.


3 posted on 06/27/2013 6:51:10 PM PDT by miele man
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To: TexGrill
"had trouble thinking creatively or outside the box"

It's hard to survive in a country where that kind of thinking could lead to a prison term at a hard labor camp.
4 posted on 06/27/2013 7:38:03 PM PDT by indthkr
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To: TexGrill

It’s absolutely true - at least for the Chinese students I met as a comp sci major.


5 posted on 06/27/2013 7:49:46 PM PDT by I Shall Endure
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