Modern Day China Is The Foundation Of Any Civilization

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Sara Brown Research Paper Dr. Amy Alexander 1,630 Words Composition & Rhetoric II 19 March 2017 East Meets West Education is the foundation of any civilization. Without it, how will it prosper with illiterate citizens? For many years China has had its gates closed off to the western world. Now, China is slowly opening its arms to the west starting with allowing western teachers to teach English in the country. Many teachers from countries like America, England, and France are moving to China to teach. In order to be adequately prepared American teachers who plan to teach in China must understand the history underlying the education, the pedagogical techniques, and the effects on the student. Modern day China is richly…show more content…
Communism is shown through the lack of individual and creative growth of the student. Instead, the schools emphasize that if a student is good at something they do it for the country even if they don 't enjoy it. Although, this practice is a communistic belief it is also a Confucius belief. This is opposite to the creative individualized instruction that twenty-first-century western teachers are being taught. Confucianism is “the system of ethics, education, and statesmanship taught by Confucius and his disciples, stressing love for humanity, ancestor worship, reverence for parents, and harmony in thought and conduct.” (Dictionary.com) In China, Confucianism is everywhere. That includes their school system. Simon Margasin, Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education, explains that there are four main points of Confucianism: (1) strong nation-state (2) Families invest in the education of their child (3) “one chance” national exams- high competition (4) public investment in research. (Margison) With taking into consideration the history of China, the pedagogical techniques of China have largely been influenced. In China, every student learns the same thing which is based on the concept of STEM. (Bharucha) STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. (U.S. Department of Education) In China, there is no teaching the student. It is teaching the subject. This is similar to the teaching practices found in Western upper grades.
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