“Someone who is a clever speaker and maintains a contrived smile is seldom considered to be a really good person.” -Confucius, The Analects
The Chinese Public Education System is comprised of nine years of varied education. Each has a different relationship to the different teachings of Confucius. The Primary Schooling is the first level of education starting at six years of age which includes six years of Chinese, Mathematics, Nature, P.E., Ideology, Music, Fine arts, Labor Studies, and lastly, a Morality class which helps one prepare for the different social instances one may encounter over the course of their life. A Primary Schooling level year is comprised of two semesters which run from September to July. In order for the students of this level to graduate the Primary School level, they must pass graduation exams in the subjects, Chinese and Mathematics (Foreign Credits, 1). The Primary Schooling shows direct connection to the views of Confucius. Confucius’s ideas are centered around socializing with your peers and following the appropriate protocol and etiquette. In order to succeed in a social environment, Confucius says one must self educate themselves in order to learn how to handle society and teach themselves if they’d like to get ahead. The Morality class that is mandatory in China represents how Chinese modern day educators want the Confucian beliefs to be carried on. The class would ensure the pupils are ready in a social situation with the proper etiquette and having the knowledge of how to not allow their peers to lose face. Also, the test that must be taken in order to advance to the next level of education, the graduation examination (a test on Mathematics and Chinese that a pupil must pass and succeed in in order to move on to lower secondary education) (Foreign Credits, 1) represents the idea of a meritocracy and also a junzi in Confucianism. One must achieve a certain level of education and merit in order to be respected like a junzi is. Confucius believes the rulers of society must be properly educated and have risen to the education. People that want to get ahead and become and develop junzi like qualities must pass the exams and make their way up on their own. This is an example of self cultivation for one must find it within themselves to pass an exam and move ahead in schooling.