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What We Should Do to Education Problems?

Popularity 12Viewed 3175 times 2015-3-16 20:36 |Personal category:review|System category:News| education, system, problems

Maybe it was several months ago, i read a blog about the problems existing in China. Some problems like the equality of education opportunity and the quality of education in China, seem only can be resolved in the level of system. I also noticed that in this two sessions, there is a reform which is launched by the department of Education. It is said in 2016 26 provinces in China will get the Gaokao examination papers from the consultation of the department of Education and the local education bureau. That is to say, students from the 26 provinces will have their own exam papers which are under the guide of the central government. I think the "invention" measure from the central government will help to regulate the present situation of Gaokao.

From that blog that I mentioned, i remember there is a question about which is better, the educaton in China or in Western world, like America? I have not been to America or any country outside China, but I am always trying to keep myself informed of the outside information. Last Sunday, I took an examination about interpretation. There was one reading comprehension which is about the corruption of SAT. SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a reference standard for American universities to recruit new students (undergraduate). To some degree, SAT is also like Gaokao in China, because they are important for high school students to attend to a good university. We all know in China that there are some problems existing in Gaokao, but in that article, I was informed that there are also many problems in SAT. For example, students from the rich will pay more money to refresh theii SAT scores so that they could get a chance to go to a better university, while students from the poor families would certainly have no such addvantage. Therefore, the serious education gap would emerge between rich and poor families. And the other phenomenon is that the universities want to promote their image based on the scores of their freshman. The College Board might make profit from the process and worsen the situation.

I am not criticizing the education system of America or China. What I want to say is to try to be open-minded, and do not look down on ourselves just because thers are some problem. I do not think there will be a perfect educaton system for everybody. However, what we can do is to keep bettering the system and try to make everybody happy, which seems not so likely. So we do not need to be afraid of the existing problems in the education system. Instead we should be happy that we are aware the problems, so we can try to find a way out. Self-awareness is always better than being blinded and proud because of ignorance.

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Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2015-3-16 22:55
Regardless of whether money is used directly as a bribe to alter anything relating to scores in a country, the inequality resulting from poor and rich parents can legally benefit the children of wealth by paying for private tutors, paying for special courses that coach in preparation for SAT tests. and so on, I think that tests at the point of sitting are often honestly graded but what has gone on before through money partly determines who is well prepared.
Reply Report Dr.Bill.Shen 2015-3-16 23:54
The cost for Privately tutoring SAT has not been that expensive.  Do not see that could be a huge factor to keep poor students to pass. I do think the exorbitantly high tuition cost of private schools has kept many students from a less better-off families away.
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2015-3-17 07:15
Dr.Bill.Shen: The cost for Privately tutoring SAT has not been that expensive.  Do not see that could be a huge factor to keep poor students to pass. I do think the ...
Of course parents from poorer families can choose to sacrifice to pay for extra tuition and so on. I agree it is not out of reach.
Reply Report SEARU 2015-3-17 08:55
"we do not need to be afraid of the existing problems in the education system. Instead we should be happy that we are aware the problems, so we can try to find a way out. Self-awareness is always better than being blinded and proud because of ignorance"-------------

I appreciate your meaningful words!
What is the basic problem existing in our education field?  Parents have paid great attention to the exam-results!  and they care little what are taught in school and how the teaching is done in the class!!!

I think our urgent task should be to produce a good set of high quality textbooks that are scientific and easy for our kid to accept as pleasure!

Textbook is the engine of the school car that would become software to support the kids' actions in future!
Reply Report voice_cd 2015-3-17 09:24
Thanks for sharing your opinion here. We have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report KIyer 2015-3-17 11:11
No education system is perfect or so perfect that it is not constantly changed, updated and tweaked to solve some problems, possibly creating new ones. The key is in what you say - don't look down on yourself or look up to someone else's system blindly by just hearing it being said repeatedly. That could simply be propaganda.
Use your own thinking and issues will become clearer. No matter what our language, culture or system, we are all given a faculty of thinking and can develop our own system to be as good as the best in the world.
Reply Report enlighting 2015-3-17 23:56
I think learning has to be made joyful rather than just passing the exams. As long as we are keep focusing on numbers after the exams, the joyfulness and fulfillment would not come to us.
Congratulations on writing such a balanced view on education system in both America and China.
Reply Report Funny-boy 2015-3-18 18:52
Totally agree with your viewpoint. We also believe the China education system will became better. But it is true that the spending for education is more and more.
Reply Report cecilia颖 2015-3-18 19:44
ColinSpeakman: Regardless of whether money is used directly as a bribe to alter anything relating to scores in a country, the inequality resulting from poor and rich ...
yeah, that is the one of problems for both America and China actually. and i also think developed countries like Britain and America, they have their reasons for being strong. China can learn a lot from them so some problems can be solved.
Reply Report cecilia颖 2015-3-18 19:45
Dr.Bill.Shen: The cost for Privately tutoring SAT has not been that expensive.  Do not see that could be a huge factor to keep poor students to pass. I do think the ...
that is surely a part.
Reply Report cecilia颖 2015-3-18 19:50
SEARU: "we do not need to be afraid of the existing problems in the education system. Instead we should be happy that we are aware the problems, so we c ...
but it is hard to change the textbook once and for all. and education includes more than textbook. and yes textbook is one part, and an important one. the textbooks i used to use when i was young can not be seen any more. i can see the changes, and i can see the changes on children(i have a younger cousin and nephew). so to solve problems i think we need to think more, because the trial of a certain textbook needs time, maybe a generation. so we just need more time.
Reply Report cecilia颖 2015-3-18 19:53
voice_cd: Thanks for sharing your opinion here. We have highlighted your blog.
and i am always appreciative of your highlight.
Reply Report cecilia颖 2015-3-18 20:03
KIyer: No education system is perfect or so perfect that it is not constantly changed, updated and tweaked to solve some problems, possibly creating new ones ...
thanks for your comment. for myself, it is just a whim, and i have no affense to blame neither Chinese education system nor American education system, for i do not even know what it is really like in America. but i do hope one day i can see by myself. here, it is just a thinking that we can put the education system as a universal problem which people no matter from where has to face up. so the thing i said about "looking down" is like when we are not that confident, we tend to think the others' things are all better than ours.and i do hope if you have other thinking, you can share with me. any comment is welcome here.
Reply Report cecilia颖 2015-3-18 20:09
enlighting: I think learning has to be made joyful rather than just passing the exams. As long as we are keep focusing on numbers after the exams, the joyfulness  ...
thank you for your encouragement. that is true about exam.but before we come out with a brand-new standard to test students, the exams i think would still keep reigning the world, not just China. and sometims study is not that joyful for students. maybe students should be aware of the fact that study is a process that requires sweat sometimes.
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2015-3-18 20:14
cecilia颖: yeah, that is the one of problems for both America and China actually. and i also think developed countries like Britain and America, they have their  ...
Yep!
Reply Report J.E.Overington 2015-3-19 07:12
The Gaokao allows the option of a result causing a large change, whereas the SAT is one of many tests in a long sequence each of which can make at most a small change. You correctly point out money makes a difference in education, which was more true in the urban west in the 1980s and 1990s than nowadays. Expensive supplies were recommended and affordable substitutes were seldom mentioned, so people below the poverty line used to try education without or with inadequate supplies due to unawareness of options available. Expensive education options were all that was available. National policy was the smart students had to self-educate, to the extreme of boldly stating tuition is only for the fiscal agreement to put grades on transcripts, since self-education outside paid transcript agreements was unrecognized. Information such as recipes were guarded secrets. The internet changed much of that ludicrous education culture in the west by opening the availability of information. Questions learners experience which used to take years to answer by browsing libraries and bookstores now take minutes to answer by internet search.

The importance of the Gaokao being a large potential difference in life is the potential in the test exceeds capacity to correct the cultural biases of advantages or disadvantages of wealth or poverty during childhood. The SAT does not do that, instead, it is merely another little test making at most a little difference in a long chain. Also, you mentioned the recent changes to the SAT. What we did in 2011 to 2012 includes identifying which good literature books cause increased cognitive awakening, which are identified as red books, and which good literature books cause increased cognitive slumber and confusion, which are identified as blue books. SAT is changed to increase literature familiarity, of blue books, which is called a compromise since the ACT is more blue than the SAT, and there is no red university standardized entrance examination since red still has to go it alone, forced to be alone by blue. That is still the present imbalance in western banks and in society.
Reply Report MichaelM 2015-3-23 06:00
"For example, students from the rich will pay more money to refresh theii SAT scores so that they could get a chance to go to a better university, while students from the poor families would certainly have no such addvantage. Therefore, the serious education gap would emerge between rich and poor families."

No such thing exists in the SAT. There is no 'paying for higher scores'. I'm not sure what you mean by 'refresh.' But if this is an indication that rich have the advantage to the College Board to improve their scores, then the article you read misinformed you. The whole system would collapse overnight if this was true. In my opinion, there is always a view to any other country as if the same mindset and practices are happening as they are here in China. Bribery is prevalent in China. Anyone with an IQ over 70 knows that. Thus, it seems to me that many Chinese believe that it is also prevalent in the U.S. The fact is, it is not. Not because Americans are more moral people than Chinese, but, because the penalty is high in the West for getting caught cheating or circumventing the system to gain an advantage. Bribery is illegal in the USA and not the 'open secret' that it is here in China. America largely follows the rule of law (China is trying to also follow law even though it is often up to autocratic leaders to determine 'right from wrong.') Another aspect of American society that restrains the practices of bribery, cheating, etc. is the free press. Journalist and reporters have become investigators in the West. They can and will uncover wrongdoing at any level (even the President). Americans are 'better' or 'more moral' people than Chinese. They are more vulnerable to being exposed, caught and punished for wrongdoing for such things.

With that said, a student can take the SAT as many times as they like. This costs money. Not a tremendous amount of money, but certainly the rich can pay it easier than the poor. And as stated in other comments, tutors cost money. Good tutors are expensive. This is likewise an expense that poorer students cannot afford. The rich obviously can.
Reply Report cecilia颖 2015-3-23 20:08
J.E.Overington: The Gaokao allows the option of a result causing a large change, whereas the SAT is one of many tests in a long sequence each of which can make at mos ...
i am really glad that you can share your opinions about this with me. i really appreciate that. and for what i shared here can also be not appropriate. and from your words i actually know more about SAT. we all wish to make our education system to be a better one, which is why i want to write this blog. but after this blog, i found i know too less. so those days i am trying to know more about SAT and the development of Gaokao.But what i know one thing about Gaokao for students in China now, i can not say Gaokao is the best way, because universities still exist problems in how to educate students. should students learn general knowledge or just one specific field of knowledge?so only the reform of Gaokao may not be enough.
Reply Report cecilia颖 2015-3-23 20:17
MichaelM: "For example, students from the rich will pay more money to refresh theii SAT scores so that they could get a chance to go to a better university ...
i am sorry if i made some mistakes about SAT or misunderstood that article. I am trying know more about SAT recently. and i really appreciate your opinion about this. for your comment, i can see you must be familiar with this field. and i actually learn a lot for you. but for what you said about China's problems. i also know that. maybe i am just used to the fact and too drifted-away from politics, which i guess is the common mindset for many Chinese people, so i really do not know what to do with the "fact"---also known as problems. now almost every day i can see news saying some government official was caught because of bribery or other not-very-clear serious political problems, so i am thinking maybe the central government is doing something to change the situation. about the system of the central government, i think you have made sense, but if you were Chinese, what would you do this?
Reply Report Jabin 2015-3-25 10:35
Thoughtful!! "Self-awareness is always better than being blinded and proud because of ignorance." This is to be applied everywhere!!!

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