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Differences Between Chinese And American Education

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Differences Between Chinese And American Education

Emma Duan and Grace Chang

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As international students, we would like to compare Chinese schools and American schools from two aspects: fundamental facilities and school curriculum. The comparison is purely opinion, instead of a scientific analysis, so it  might vary from what other people think.

Based on personal experience, we believe that the Chinese and American educational systems have different aims. One of the primary differences between the two is the school curriculum. Most parents and educators view Chinese education as more “foundation building”–e.g., the student is taught a variety of things in order to prepare them for later life; whereas the American educational system focuses more on cultivating students’ creativity. The Chinese education system is simply in place to infuse the student with knowledge and teach them how to use that knowledge in life. Thus, students in China are expecting to have a strong foundation of knowledge. American schools focus on stimulating the student’s interest in learning, in addition to teaching them how to use the knowledge they have learned in school. In China, people believe that basic calculation skills are crucial so that students can remember an entire concept. For this reason, students are not allowed to use calculators at all. In furthering their calculation skills, students need to do a lot of practice. In contrast, Americans are more focused on improving student confidence, self-determination, and independence, which aid in critical thinking. Meanwhile, teachers in China believe that diligence is one of the most important characteristics that a student should have in order to get better grades on their tests. Therefore, Chinese students need to take notes, do workbooks, and memorize the facts in textbooks. However, Americans are not only emphasizing a student’s ability to answer basic questions, they are also teaching creativity, leadership, and cooperation skills.

In China, extracurricular activity is not as important as in the U.S. Many Chinese parents view such activities as “unnecessary”, “simple extra interests”, or even “a waste of time”. However, this is completely untrue when it comes to the U.S. Even though some American parents think extracurricular activities like playing the piano, doing creative writing, and drawing are hobbies that won’t determine their child’s future career, many tend to believe that extracurricular activities are an excellent chance for kids to explore their real interest and become more knowledgeable when choosing their college major. Moreover, China hardly evaluates community service and working experience. When I was an elementary student, the teachers would give us a “community service sheet” which required you to report what you’d done for the community during summer vacation. However, most people faked it because there weren’t opportunities. Furthermore, the legal working age in China is sixteen, which means that younger people couldn’t obtain work experience legally under the age of sixteen.

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