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Popularity 1Viewed 256 times 2019-2-9 10:33 |Personal category:education|System category:News

                                          Repeating acts like drug in China

Repeating has been heroine-like drug for so long in China!  Grandfather told me: “In the class the teacher always hold a stick with which he might punish you through a bitter hitting when you failed to recite the classical text. All children were asked to re-tell the model article without one-word-error. It is said good students can repeat some text in reverse order! In special case, Tom could tell out a certain sentence appearing in what line and what page of the book!” Sometimes the master beat that naughty pupil to half death. It reminds me what happened even to me (SEARU) when I was Grade Two: That rude teacher whipped me on the head with a long bamboo-branch leaving it was going to bleeding! I had to keep silence with tears in the eyes!  What made the things worse was that parents were ready to allow the teacher to be hard on poor children! (In fact they thought it was right to be strict with little kids on lessons!)  This is bad tradition for Chinese to worship powerful memory more rather than independent thinking!  In foreign countries people enjoy communicate with each other in free words without any repeating who seldom do reciting job! Kids are encouraged to tell out the same story from the textbook in different ways through their own comprehension. 

In our class students waste too time on sum-doing again and again. There are one thousand of questions are waiting for you to solve in order to 'fully understand one formula or principal’ in science book! Teachers do lecturing by repeating the textbook like recorder and students copy what on the blackboard word to word as parrot learns human language! All repeating job must be done for the serious exam to enter university! In the schooling system from the headmaster to the kids plus their parents are poisoned by the heroine-repeating! 

This is ugly phenomenon in the culture area. We must have cool head on the seriousness of the problem since that is why we are poor on the productivity of thinking!  We should do all means to update modern working style and let kids think in high efficiency from early age just as what is going on abroad!  TV and newspapers can play important role for the progress! That is an urgent task for all Chinese! 

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Reply Report KIyer 2019-2-14 12:01
True, this was the culture (still is perhaps) in many parts of India. I can related to this growing up. I reckon you will make a difference in the lives of many students, being a teacher. Good on you, my friend!

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  • DOES China need revolution on expressing method 2019-2-15 12:53

    KIyer: you have hit upon a practical issue with communication and its style that will help China and the Chinese be better understood in the outside world -  ...
    It is true that English has melted too many nations‘ wisdom and civilization! No matter well he does on the language, Tom only seems like a swimmer in the ocean of English!  It is important for a learner to have  nice sensing about the spirit of the powerful thinking tool and turn it into the blood for his own brain-nutrition!  That would be great success for China reform on culture if we can catch up with the advanced thinking-pace that will help us to improve work efficiency!
    On one hand we will quickly understand foreign science and introduce the new findings to the kids; On the other hand, only through international thinking mode, can we clearly tell foreign friends about the splendid culture of ancient China plus our own personal understanding about reality!
    (I am on a trip around the local province dealing with a special case, little chance for blog. Sorry for that!’)
    Thanks for your meaningful replies! Shake hands with you!)

  • What I care most 2019-2-14 12:05

    being a productive, thoughtful citizen anywhere is the best way to live.

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