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I just said I am not religious. I agree with what you said about religion and it being a blind faith, But those who are religious can be critical in OTHER aspects of life. It is not possible to be critical in every aspect of life, however. Give people a break.|
Wow, all these assumptions: How do you know I am not close to any Chinese? That is poor reasoning, and again, poor logic. I am close to many Chinese and have some great, open minded friends, and have a Chinese gf too. If only you knew some of the Chinese I knew. I find it very insulting that you claim that I am not in any "inner circles" because it undermines the close relationships I have built with some of the people here, how dare you.
You also have no clue about my understanding of Chinese culture, do you know me? Have you talked in depth with me about many different topics? No, so keep quiet, you don't know what I know. This is just one thread.
You must realize that many of the Chinese who go to study abroad never come back, don't you think that is strange? China has a difficult time keeping its best and brightest, and once they leave the country, many are gone forever. As I talk to this segment of the Chinese population, who left China, they have a lot to say about Chinese edu, and tend to agree with me. You never responded to me, have you been outside of China, and to America???
By the way, I know a lot about Chinese culture and I do indeed know that Chinese pretend about a lot of things. But from what I have seen from the Chinese edu, there are some words that come to my mind....BUT Jealousy is the LAST word I would use. I don't even need students to tell me how they study, I see how they study. I also find many of them to be very inefficient, from my observations.
Whenever I see students giving speeches for UNI competition (and I have been invited to many), they are always in front of the podium reciting the speech like a robot, they sound like one too. But if you ask them any tough questions, as a judge, to get them to think, they freeze up. Anything even slightly different than what they have on their card is nearly impossible for them to address. They only know what they've memorized. They don't know their material, they have committed it to short term memory because a week later, If I see them, I ask them about their speeches sometimes, they know nothing!
You admit that China is a test based education. But how you can not realize that China is a memory based education is beyond me. It largely based on (short) term memory, for the test, with almost no practical application for most students in most majors. Like I said, I have met countless students, who passed the CET4 who can not even communicate with me in English just one year later.
Also, how you can be so oblivious to the wide spread cheating and especially wide spread plagiarism is a mystery to me too. Every country cheats, but this is a really big problem in China and the president at my UNI is making an honest effort to prevent this, since, as he said, IT IS A PROBLEM here, and across China.
Also, you never replied, how many American UNIs are in the Top 100 in the world? Go find that out!
Why does China have only 2 in the top 100, 1 being from Hong Kong?
With that knowledge, why do you continue to bash Western, and especially, American edu?
The faults in Chinese edu are NOT because of any western ideals, STOP looking for a scapegoat.
Also, lets keep to things you know. Be logical, don't make assumptions about my friends, or who I know, or what I know.
[ Last edited by indiefan at 2010-6-16 02:08 PM ]