Monday, April 27, 2015

Blog #10: How China has fallen in love with private education

In China the college entrance exams are called gaokao. A good score in the gaokao will open the doors to the country's most prestigious universities, granting access not only to the best education and the chance to work overseas but also to an elite Rolodex of upper-echelon contacts. For the students that miss out on their gaokao/ or did poor, the years of tutoring and months of cramming could mean relegation to a provincial university and the oblivion of a major city “ant colony”—the shared dormitory accommodation that awaits graduates trying to find work in China’s urban centers. The number of Chinese studying in the United States has increased more than fourfold from about 60,000 in 2004 to more than 274,000 in 2014, according to figures from the Institution for International Education. China now has accounts for almost a third of international students in the U.S, marking an historic high.

I personally feel like private schooling prepares students for college earlier on than public schools do. So if one can afford it than why not. However I feel like china is spending far too much money on education because they aren’t fond with the traditional based curriculum. So they are in the process of changing it and they are trying to bridge the gap of high class and middle class by having affordable education for middle classes as well. Which I think is a good idea, education is one of the key essentials of a society progression.

Candace Burton
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