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Chinese immigrants' dilemma: oriental education orwestern education?
There are many attractions to the Western education system. It molds top talent inscience, business, arts and sports without sacrificing the happiness of childhood. ForChinese immigrants, the image of the western dream is much easier to grasp than thereality.
Most Chinese immigrants' children study in public schools. Western public schools aim tocultivate informed citizens by providing them with a basic education on issues of morality,culture and general life. A public school education cannot meet the same standards as anelite education in terms of teaching equipment, faculty and work intensity. Without thepressure of homework and exams, children in public schools may feel more relaxed andhave more time for leisure. But their aspirations might rise no higher than a career as acleaner, taxi driver, cook, supermarket cashier, security guard, firefighter, or librarian .
The civic education in western public schools may seem very successful. However, forChinese parents with dreams of a place in the elite, it's hard to accept - "Do we abandon asuccessful career in China and start from zero in a strange place, just to see our childbecome a happy ordinary worker? "
Is there an ideal education plan?
Some people suggest that Chinese immigrants' children come back and undergo theirprimary education in China, so that the children have a strong academic base, and a betterlevel of math.
We do hate the spoon-feeding and rote learning education mode in China. However theoriental education provides children with a solid educational base, and especially an obviousadvantage in 'hard' courses such as math, physics and chemistry. It also helps the childrento learn good Chinese. Speaking good Chinese is quickly becoming a clear advantage inwestern job markets. After their primary education in China, children can continue tostudy abroad and take advantage of a western education. Is this the ideal education planfor Chinese immigrants' children?
Choose the education which best suits
A Chinese mother in Canada chose to send her son to China from the second year ofprimary school, and then have him back from the fifth year. She says that although therewere obvious improvements in his Chinese and math, his English level dropped fast. It tooka long time for him to re-adapt to the new educational environment. So the ideal educationplan may not exist. The two education systems have both advantages and disadvantages.We can only choose the one which suits us better.
In the Chinese education system, every child is cultivated to reach the top. Only 10percent of them will succeed - there is room at the top for only a small number of people.However, China provides its parents with a dream, and an equal chance for everyone toreceive an elite education. The Western system, which provides an elite education to only asmall number of people, can be a good choice for parents of a more relaxed disposition.They will have the opportunity to raise their children in accordance with their own talentsand wishes.