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American teacher in China reflects on contrasts in education

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-01-13 22:26

An American teacher in China observes distinct differences in education, highlighting respect and diverse activities as contribution to her decision to continue teaching in China.

Harlie Rush, who has been a primary school teacher in China for the last seven years, wrote on the Business Insider website that the educational landscape in China is diverse. It encompasses public schools teaching the national curriculum, international schools, and private institutions blending local and international elements. Boarding schools, more affordable than their US counterparts, are common.

The country boasts the world's largest population of English language learners, fostering a multilingual environment, Rush wrote. Children in China start learning English early and often converse in English, either due to school policies or personal interest.

A notable departure from US schools is the daily break for students in China, allowing one to two hours for rest or napping, she said. Additionally, students engage in eye exercises to alleviate stress and eye strain during long study hours.

Extracurricular activities are abundant, reflecting the priority on a comprehensive education as a path to economic mobility and status, she wrote. The emphasis on education begins early, resulting in a relatively high high-school graduation rate.

Reflecting on her teaching journey, Rush found the unique aspects of teaching in China compelling and had no plans of returning to the US in the near future. Teaching in China holds a high status, garnering respect from students and parents, she said. The teaching profession is esteemed, and teachers are often viewed as parenting experts. Parents frequently seek advice, and families actively participate in their child's education.

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