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Similarities and Differences in Teens’ Education Between the West and China

Apr. 12, 2022

It’s not uncommon to ponder the differences between the school systems in the West and China when both parts of the world have their own specialties and struggles. For instance, China has a reputation for churning out math whizzes in schools while the West is known for promoting critical thinking skills. So are the education systems so different after all? The cultural focus on the significance of education, teaching style, learning style, assessment exams, extracurriculars, and family education are all factors that have an impact as well.

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Let’s start by clarifying the importance of teens’ education regardless of where in the world they are being educated.

Education offers teenagers vital life skills such as critical thinking, literary and numeracy proficiency, and so provides them with the most solid foundation and confidence necessary for all-around success. Surprisingly, every teenager has the right to an education. Unfortunately, not every youngster can benefit from it equally.

Education empowers teenagers to analyze problems and make better judgments: The knowledge gained through good and effective education allows teenagers to evaluate problems and make better decisions. Teenagers will be able to have more meaningful and rewarding lives as a result of their ability to do so. It aids teens in their future planning: Education lays the fundamental foundations on which teens can build their future lives. Most people are unemployed these days because they are either uneducated or undereducated, making it nearly impossible for them to obtain work. As a result, education should take precedence in the lives of teenagers, as it will have a significant impact on their future. To summarize, education is a basic human right.

When it comes to college, an increasing number of Chinese students are opting to study overseas. Chinese parents, on the other hand, regard the Chinese education system to be the greatest in the world at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. What are the major contrasts between Chinese and American educational approaches?

Education system of the West and China

An introduction to the Chinese secondary education system.

Chinese students excel at group work, which has a lot to do with the collectivism that has long been a part of Chinese culture. Students in the Chinese educational system are collectively minded, and they are more likely to work hard and give back to their families and community in the future. Individual accomplishments are less significant in group work than group success.

Basic mathematical abilities, for example, are critical in Chinese education so that pupils can recall a whole subject. Chinese students are not permitted to use calculators from elementary school to high school. Chinese education emphasizes strictness and clarity, which helps students retain information.

In China, vocational education is seen as inferior to other academic paths since it is seen as the last option for students and parents.

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An introduction to the secondary education system in the West.

Independent thinking is strongly prized in Western education, even when it comes to collaborative work. Students are encouraged to be more creative so that they can express themselves more freely. Meanwhile, western students are expected to engage all of their classmates in the learning process and work together to make progress.
Western parents have been said to be curious about how students apply their knowledge in the real world. Students in the Western system are free to criticize, dispute, and invent concepts. Students are encouraged to challenge the teacher if they have differing viewpoints, and discussion is more common than lectures from the teacher. The student, not the teacher, is in charge of guiding the discourse in class.

In western schools, problem-solving and case studies are frequently used instead of note-taking and repetition. Western classes allow for more discussion and practice, allowing students to apply what they’ve learned in real-life situations rather than just on paper.

Unfortunately, many times, vocational schools are used as a last resort for naughty children who are kicked out of their zoned public school system. It gives them more structure and a way to succeed after the traditional school system has failed them by assuming they can only succeed this way.

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Comparing the similarities and the differences.

The goals of the Chinese and Western educational systems are very different but equally, have similarities such as parents want what is seen as successful for their children. Many parents and educators believe that Chinese education is essential for building a strong foundation, whereas Western education is beneficial for cultivating pupils’ creativity. Chinese education focuses on the accumulation of knowledge, how pupils manage and use what they learn in school, and an understanding of knowledge systems and structures. Students in the West and China receive information in various ways. Chinese pupils just take notes and absorb facts from textbooks when doing homework. Students’ creativity, leadership, and teamwork qualities are also evaluated by Western teachers. Western students are more likely to participate in extracurricular activities if these abilities are emphasized. Western students can participate in their culture in a variety of ways. They consider education to be a part of life, not just school.

Students’ self-assurance, self-determination, and independence are emphasized in Western education, which aids in holistic thinking. The majority of Chinese people believe that American math is poor. When comparing the educational methodologies of Chinese and American pupils, it’s easy to see why Chinese kids win gold medals in Math Olympics competitions, whereas Nobel Prize winners are frequently Westerners.

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Most parents expect their children to get elite education regardless of where in the world they are from. However, the social resources are limited, so the competition among those top universities candidates is getting fierce. In China, for example, a student’s score in the National Higher Education Entrance Examination (Gaokao) is the primary consideration used for admission into universities in China. Regional education development imbalance leads to the different treatment of students from different regions. For many Western universities, students must submit an essay with their university application which can improve their chances of getting in if their scores are low or it can discredit their high scores if it’s uninteresting and flat.

The core issue in both the West and China is the disparity between vocational and academic education, with the latter carrying a stigma. Employers have always given preference to prominent colleges and their students, while ignoring vocational school students.

Not every kid is cut out for Harvard, however, and after abolishing after-school tutoring in July, China wants its fiercely competitive tiger parents to take this into consideration.

China is adopting what is known as the ‘German model’. Many young Germans opt for a “dual training” apprenticeship, sharing their time between classrooms at a vocational school and on-the-job training at a company, rather than enrolling in academic institutions. This is an excellent opportunity for them to obtain solid employment. Approximately 80% of Germany’s large corporations participate in dual training. Other Western countries could benefit from this model as well.

We all have much to learn from one another when it comes to what is best for our children’s education.

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Overall, education is cultural as well, and different educational systems reflect the cultures of different societies. Although the Western educational system is excellent, it may not be ideal for Chinese society, and vice versa. There is room for improvement in both educational systems. Neither system is superior to the other, but in the world of education, it is critical to foster a worldwide understanding and acceptance of various learning methods, cultures, and information. And whether in China or the West, parents should respect their children’s choices. It may seem to parents that elite education is for the future of their children, but their children’s future should be in their own hands.

Whichever form the child chooses, they should be prepared in advance. As China’s international status grows, young people should learn Chinese ahead of time, whether in response to entrance exams or future career requirements. Our website offers a variety of customized Chinese courses.

Give kids the advantage of educational balance: learning what they like with quality resources.

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