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just my opinion
i just graduated from high school last year.now i'm a freshman in uni. the following is just my opinion.|
if you put your son in a public school, i'm sure that the students there will be more than glad to help. i think communication will not be a problem for them because high school students in beijing can speak english, i cant say very well or fluently, but at least they can understand each other.
in my opinion, the culture difference is the biggest problem. i mean if you just live there for a year, then go back,i guess most of the courses that your son will learn in the public high school are useless in the future. there are huge differences between the school systems in china and in usa. plus,though communication is not a problem, your son still has to take the tests and pass them. all the books and papers there are in chinese, and there is no possibility that they will make a special one for your son. and i think one year is much less than enough for a kid to learn chinese then use it to take the tests.
i dont know anything about your son, i dont know whether he is interested in china as much as you do. and how much he knows about china and the ppl here, especially the young ones. the more he does, the easier he will be in the public high school and the better he will get along with others. if you want to put into the public school in china, i suggest you teach your son a little mandarin first and tell him as much as you can about china. make he be interested in it. i guess it will help a lot. just make sure he is ready for this.
honestly, as a student in china, i suggest u do homeschooling for your son, the public school here all concentrate on basic courses in china.and your son may will not get used to them easily.sorry, i'm in shanghai, so i dont know if it is the same in beijing. but i guess it will be very similar. here are some of them: chinese (incluing the classical one,i dont know whether your son has to take that too), maths, english, physics, chemistry, history (including chinese history and world history, and i guess the part of 30s-50s history about china will be a big problem for your son), geography (just the summary, not details, it's not kind of an important course, just need to pass it, and it depends on which grade you will put your son in, maybe he wont have to take this course), and another course we call it "思想政治", it includs philosophy, politics and economics. but all are just very basic theories. each one for one year, all for three years in high school. besides, there should be some selected courses, those can be about all kinds of course.just depends on what the teachers there can offer their students. and also, there will be some clubs. pretty like selected courses, but in the charge of the students themselves. i dont know whether your son will be gald with such education system.
whatever you choose,good luck to you and your son.enjoy your time in china.
[ Last edited by harriett at 2006-1-30 09:49 PM ]