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“Eighty-one per cent worry ‘a lot’ about exams, 63% are afraid of the punishment of teachers, 44% had been physically bullied at least sometimes, with boys more often victims of bullying, and 73% of children are physically punished by parents. Over one-third of children reported psychosomatic symptoms at least once per week, 37% headache and 36% abdominal pain. All individual stressors were highly significantly associated with psychosomatic symptoms.”
来自外国驻华商人 TSO 对失败的中国教育的观察
I have lived in China for 4 years now and here are a few observations:
– every single child I spoke with and asked about how they liked school admitted they hated or at best disliked school. Most children I know are not only forced to spend 10+ hours a day in school / doing homework, but must also attend all sorts of private tutoring classes and schools all in the philosophy to leave as little time as possible for play.
– surprisingly enough almost 100% of parents agreed the school system is insane and destructive to their children’s happiness but would brutally (beating / yelling / threatening / blackmailing) enforce blind obedience and participation in the system. When asked about why they would act in contradiction to their own expressed beliefs they always answered it’s for the “good of our children”. The most disgusting thing is that after a short discussion, pushed against the wall they would always admit the real reason is to avoid social pressure from school employees / people in their environment and to maximize the potential future cashflow the children will be able to send home when they start working (the logic goes: top scores on tests -> best university -> best paid bureaucratic / office job -> most cash per month sent home)
– Chinese school system produces the most hopelessly incompetent brain-dead zombie automatons. Chinese employees are not able to solve any kind of problem which is outside of the standard process they have written on their job instruction paper. As a foreigner try to open a bank account, get a phone number, apply for internet and watch what happens – every single time when they encounter a situation slightly out of the standard workflow, first they say it’s impossible to solve it. After 20 minutes of arguing theygather up in a group of 5 and start discussing the solution. The result is it’s still not possible. Then you suggest a solution which you came up with after using your brain for 5 seconds and magically it’s now possible to arrange your request. I also run a business here and dealing with Chinese suppliers / service providers is a nightmare. As a rule you can always expect them to fail every single time there is a potential for problem solving. Most of the time you have to come up with and explain the solution on your own. As an employer I would never-ever hire a “product” of the Chinese educational system other than for mundane automatic tasks.
Despite the harsh words I don’t mean to look down on the average employee here, my point is to show that in my experience the school system creates short-term memory data regurgitating robots, totally destroys children’s ability for individual thinking, initiative, responsibility and creates people who feel disgust towards learning as soon as they leave the “educational” system, have no hobbies and personal interest and see life as a ladder that needs to be climbed.
I also met a lot of great entrepreneurial minded, enthusiastic, intelligent young people, but most of them lived or studied abroad at least for a short period of time.
Chinese school system is a massive failure, and you will find out first-hand during your next trip to China. I wish all the best to children here who have no choice now but to suffer through it.
Of the four I have hosted, one has become my second son and comes home for holidays from university. The second, whom I only hosted for two months, also is very dear to me and will be coming to our house for holidays. One failed out of high school because he spent most of his time staying up late into the night playing video games online with his Chinese friends. He had the ability, but not the self-discipline to work hard. Even after he failed at the semester, his parents let him stay here, and he wanted to stay because he had more freedom here. The other, unfortunately, is about to fail, and will probably take a year of serious English study before trying to apply again. Her parents were advised to send her to U.S. high school to improve her English. They were assured that after two years, she would do just fine. Unfortunately, our Catholic school did not have ESL, and she never did get strong enough in English to make it.
The education system is completely corrupt. Parents often “pay off” teachers with gifts to improve their child’s academic standing. Some of these teachers receive cars and vacations. This just shows you the lengths that some parents will resort to in order to attain better grades for their children.
My ex-wife is Chinese, and she is driving our children with the same emotional and physical torture to get good grades.
When we married, I told her I wanted to homeschool our children. This worked well until the first one reached school age, when the lies and manipulation began, and then a divorce based upon my not wanting to use full-time daycare while sitting at home.
The bias against fathers was used to take my children away entirely, and now they both do the 12 hours a day in school and homework and I’m not even allowed to talk to them outside of my scheduled “visitations”. All because of the irrational attachment of a victim of the Chinese school system to make more victims out of her own children.
I hear many statements from all of the kids that the parents deliberately came to America to raise their kids because they don’t want their own kids in the punishing, competitive system that they suffered through. Some of them mention that their parents want them to be more creative or inventive, and they know that living in America will help with that.
Within this pool of high-achieving Korean American students, it is interesting to see that some of the best achievers are also what most of us would judge the most well-rounded kids. These are the kids who are allowed (maybe even encouraged) to have non-academic hobbies. They are the kids who have access to computers (most of my students don’t, except for very limited and supervised sessions in order to do homework); they read just for fun, draw, play sports… They seem more relaxed and happy. One of these non-stressed Korean American students told me that, in Korea, her father was a misfit. He was considered a hippie.
I unschooled my own kids, and I bring a fresh perspective to these kids as I tell them truths about, say, the SATs and what college admissions officers want to see in the application essay.