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China, with its fast-paced population growth, is now faced with the task of educating 26 percent of the world’s students on 2 percent of the world’s resources, says Gordon Sang, professor of education at Beijing Normal University. With 80 percent of China’s population living in rural areas, the government has recognized an outstanding need to modernize schools and improve teaching efficiency.
When recently approached by a Western visitor, high school graduate Xie Jing said, “This is my first time talking to a foreigner, so I am nervous.” Xie, who lives in Xiejiaqiao, a rural village near Hangzhou, isn’t alone. Although Xiejiaqiao is a small village, even students in cities like Beijing don’t practice English enough.
Wei Bairang couldn’t help but be intrigued when she was given a handout during English Corner, a weekly English conversation club at Beijing’s Renmin University: “Beware of Virgins – they increase divorce rates!”
In China today, male primary school teachers are few and far between despite the fact that educators tend to agree that having male role models in the classroom is critical for the maturation of both young boys and girls, and for development of thinking and life skills.
Taking a test that can determine your collegiate future is never easy, but at least students in the United States can take a few extra shots if they flub their first go. Not so in China, where the annual National College Entrance Exam of China is an all-or-nothing two-day assessment that can determine a students fate.
Lee So Young talks with an American visitor in a Tsinghua University campus coffee shop on the northwest side of Beijing. A citizen of South Korea, she’s come here to study in part because it’s less expensive than her home country’s university system, but also because of the complicated media climate.
Nelson Song, a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, is one of a growing number of China-born students who choose to further their education at American universities. The 23-year-old biology major from Changsha, Hunan China, transferred to UT after just one year of study at Wuhan University. Yet even in China, Song acquired paternal longhorn influences at a very young age.
“There are more Chinese kids right now learning English than there are American kids learning English,” said New Yorker magazine China correspondent Evan Osnos when he recently appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” But that is not to say that American kids aren’t learning Chinese as well.