For many people, education is the key to uplifting their lives. This belief is especially true among the poor and the impoverished that lacks material wealth and opportunities. They see education as the tool to open their doors for a better life in the future. And that is true. Educated people have higher chances of landing stable and better-paying jobs. However, competition in the global marketplace is tight and even college graduates struggle in looking for jobs despite having their diplomas.
China is the economy driver in the world for years now. As we all know, a big majority of the goods sold in the market today are made in China. Chinese factories and production lines are sought after by foreign investors, businessmen, and companies because they get to save a lot of money by hiring cheap Chinese laborers. However, things are changing now as the middle class is rising and more and more Chinese families are growing in affluence. And partly, education is responsible for this positive change in the Chinese landscape. However, is too much education depriving young kids of their chance to enjoy their childhood or is it but right for the adults to force kids to study hard for a bright future.
Like other East Asian societies, China has historically placed high value on educating children. Due to the country’s vast population and the limited resources of elite schools, not only is there intense competition during entrance exams, but there are also top colleges putting students’ unique abilities — such as performance in science competitions, writing ability, oral skills, musical talent, and achievements in dance — under the microscope.
Such cruel competitions have been denounced across society by those who feel that they monopolize children’s free time, place too much emphasis on performing under test conditions at the expense of cultivating creativity and imagination, and — most concerningly — stunt students’ interest in learning. Against this background, government departments have begun to staunchly promote holistic education.
Like in other countries around the world, most students are overworked. From school to their homes, children are loaded with homework and assignments that take up most of their time. All they have left to do each day is study, study, and study some more. But despite this rigorous school routine, children aren’t performing as well as parents and teachers are hoping. China’s education system is a state-run public education system overseen by the Ministry of Education and characterized by a 9-year compulsory education. It seems that the Chinese are indeed taking the children’s education seriously.
The General Office of the Ministry of Education in China released its first official statement in February that condemns homeschooling and warns Chinese parents it is a forbidden practice.
“The statement follows a related decision by the Communist Party’s Central Committee in December, when it mandated that education must include ideological teachings on socialism, and that these teachings must be incorporated in the national curriculum,” writes Mike Donnelly, director of global outreach for the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).
The Chinese government’s new policy states, “[Students] should not be allowed to study at home to replace the national unified implementation of compulsory education.”
According to the Communist Party’s instructions, “core socialist values” should be part of the national curriculum and “cover all schools and those receiving education.”
Parents who wish to homeschool their children for health issues are now required to obtain province-level approval.
Whether it is failing or not is not an easy question to answer. The Chinese government is among the most resilient in the world and they always find a way to enforce things they consider are important in building their nation. And you can see it now. The Chinese workers are no longer limited to jobs as factory workers who won’t mind getting treated badly and overworked for a measly few dollars. The affluent population in China are growing. You can see it from a growing number of Chinese tourists who can afford to travel the world for leisure.
Furthermore, their advancing infrastructure and modern technology are just proof of what the Chinese are capable of building and producing. It is all because they have put emphasis on the education of the Chinese youth who are the future of their nation, well basically, the future of just about everyone. They have tailored their educational system to match the demands of the times. Now, is it a hit or miss? It all depends on how the children feel and that is subject to interpretation.