By Nancy Pine (auth.)
Carries readers into chinese language and American undemanding and highschool school rooms, and highlights the large adjustments among education in China and the U.S.. Nancy Pine finds how those international locations have to extract themselves from superseded perform and study from every one other's strengths.
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Friends often mention Confucius’s influence in their daily lives. Robin Wang, an American philosophy professor, brought up in China, described her special attachment to Confucian texts and other ancient writings that shape life in China. ”4 Just the week before in Nanjing, two friends had made me a list of important educators. “Whoops,” they said, laughing. “We forgot Confucius. ” I closed the books and went for a long walk in the rain, returning to pack and join Li and his wife for one last meal.
M. Li returned with a shiny gold-colored entrance ticket for me. He chatted with the entrance guard, whom he knew, then we stepped into another era. The cool of the temple courtyard enveloped us. Engraved stone tributes and monuments rose on either side. We squeezed through a crush of families and factory workers waiting their turn to snap photos of themselves in front of the bixi, a statue of a mythical turtle-like creature associated with dragons and long life, into the next courtyard. At its center was a pavilion built on the spot where Confucius is believed to have instructed his disciples under apricot trees 2,500 years ago.
S. teachers who have increasingly been required to prepare their students for government-mandated standardized tests. The words are almost identical. Putting down her chopsticks at dinner one evening, Dongyan said that after experiencing a year in an American high school, her son grew to hate the Chinese system of education. “The Chinese teachers say, ‘Do not ask questions. If you ask why, why, why, you may get confused and then you will fail the exam. ’ They say, ‘Getting a good score is enough.