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Originally posted by tongluren at 2009-7-5 05:45
If There are Problems to be Solved
If there are problems to be solved, internal or external, we Chinese today can confidently rely on the best performing, most capable, most wise set of leaders that the world has, bar none. Foreigners do not solve Chinese problems, they just bring more problems - has always been, will always be. Only the Chinese can solve China's problems.
And why do you think China stands alone today as best performing economy on earth?
So Tongluren, just to take a concrete example, how do you think we could best solve the problem of poor English-teaching policy in China:
1. For the Chinese to work with their government to improve second-language teaching policy as they did in Italy when facing a similar problem?
2. To just point fingers at and blame foreigners while never looking at how their own second-language teaching policy contributes to the problem?
3. Or another solution?
Personally, I'd go for 1 above. Foreign teachers have no say in second-language policy in China, and so pointing fingers at and insulting them does nothing whatsoever to solve the problem. If the Chinese should petition their own government to reform its second-language teaching policies, as had happened in Italy, however, then we might see some improvment.
Unfortunately, however, it would seem based on the threads on these forums, that many Chinese believe the solution lies with the foreign teachers and so blame them for their own governemnt's second-language teaching policies.