The Effect of Economy on Education In China By david orloff

In China, economy is booming, however, this may not be in the favor of poor Chinese families trying to provide their children with an education. In the picture you see above, the Mr. Wu and his daughter are depicted. They are a poor family living in a rural part of China. Mr. Wu and his wife have sacrificed everything they have just to provide their daughter with an education. The parents of Ms. Wu have had to sacrifice their vacations, lifestyle, trips, and the type of apartment they live in just to be able to afford college for their child. They try to save as much money as possible, they have even gone to the point of avoiding bus fares and staying home over the holiday's. In addition, tuition for high school for this family wasn't serving them well either. They had to pay $165 a semester, and food was $8 a week. A lot of money for a poor family. They had to pay this because there are almost no public schools in China, so many boarding schools have taken over and are charging fees to the families that enroll their children in them.
[Tsinghua University shown above]. The GaoKao system is a test taking system that allows people to show what they know in a high education standards system. However, it can be somewhat unfair wealthier families have a huge advantage in terms of preparing their children for their test. This test is similar to the Civil Service Exams that also take place in China. The GaoKao test is very important to many Chinese students because it is mostly what decides which colleges you are going to get into, and if you are going to get into any colleges at all. Also, achieving a good score on this test can help you with getting a job.
[Pres. Of China Xi Jinping shown above]. The president of China wants universities to "shoulder the burden" of learning Marxism, and in 2015, universities had to expand their classes on socialism and Marxism. Also, China does not use any western-type textbooks in their education anymore because of a ban carried out by the government. China is gravitating more towards communist ideas. In addition, the top Ivy-League equivalents in China focus only on politics, business, and cultural circles. This is the cause for China's lack of scientific innovation. Finally, many students in China think that taking a logistics, or political major is the best choice since they are the most popular majors at most Chinese schools and they are also more likely to get a good job with good pay doing logistics or politics rather than many other lines of work.

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