10 Things to Keep in Mind as You Learn Chinese

| May 31st, 2015

There are a lot of different ways to learn Mandarin Chinese, but whatever method you choose, it doesn’t have to be all that hard, provided you’re willing to work at it.

Forget all of the doubts that may have come up the first time you heard the language spoken and saw the written characters.  Many people have learned Mandarin Chinese as a second or third (or more!) language, you can too.  Just keep these 10 things in mind […]Read more…

Seeing it For Yourself: Pursuing an Educational Experience in China

| August 20th, 2014

When we read about dogs being beaten to death by health officials or women being forced to have abortions in China, how can we put these shocking stories in perspective? The same way we do it when we read about things like protests and politician sex scandals at home: by comparing those news stories to our usually much more mundane personal experiences. Those things make the news because they are unusual. When we read about China from thousands of miles […]Read more…

Hebei founds “General-Secretary-Xi-Jinping-Spirit-of-Series-of-Important-Speeches Research Center”

| May 9th, 2014

image courtesy of the daily mail

The Hebei Propaganda Department cut the ribbon on its “General-Secretary-Xi-Jinping-Spirit-of-Series-of-Important-Speeches Research Center” on April 30, according to Hebei News Network.

Site publicity and propaganda minister stressed the need for students to study and research Xi’s speeches in order to understand his specific brand of Chinese socialism, and for local and national decision-makers to visit the center in order to refine their service to the nation. The institute was established at the Hebei Academy of Social […]Read more…

#ChinaEd a Global Education Hot Spot

| June 17th, 2013

In the past decade, China has been the driver of international student growth for much of the world. The most popular destination for Chinese students has been the United States. The US is, in fact, the leading destination for all foreign student intake worldwide.

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"Fairness" and the gaokao: the invalid argument against reform

| April 19th, 2013

Almost all Chinese students agree: The Chinese education system isn’t conducive to enhancing students’ creative skills that are necessary to create dynamic economy.

The reason is because the education system is too focused on memorization and test taking. The most important of those tests is the gaokao, the one and only factor determining where students will attend college. After years of memorizing answers to pass tests, students are not well prepared when they get a job with a multinational company and […]Read more…

Teachers from UK shocked by Chinese multiplication table

| January 23rd, 2013

From Sina:

The teachers from UK asking questions

January 17th, An English delegation of more than 50 teachers and deans from top 25 middle schools and primary school in UK came to Ningbo city in Zhejiang Province to attend math classes for learning and sharing.

They went to two schools: Ningbo Wanli International School and Ningbo Gaoxin Foreign Language School.

One UK headmasters said that Chinese kids’ are well known for their math abilities in the world. Teachers in UK always puzzled about why […]Read more…

Everyone is a student cadre in a Changsha elementary school class

| September 24th, 2012

From Netease:

In a grade made up of 59 students, there are a total of 59 “class cadres”, better known as class administrators.  Every student enrolled at the Qing Yuan elementary school, located in the city of Changsha, holds a classroom post.

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Getting amino acids? Student receiving IV drips during study

| May 8th, 2012

From Wenxue City:

As the national college entrance examination is approaching, there are a bunch of students who seem to be the hardest working ones to prepare for it because they get intravenous (IV) drips while studying in class.

The pictures on internet are all from Hubei Xiaogan No. 1 Middle School. The school is saying that students received the amino acids for energy. One of the netizen “边云锦witHu” said the students are willing to do this. This happens every […]Read more…

“Eagle Dad” trains 4-year-old son running naked in snow

| February 8th, 2012

Speaking of education, there was the “Wolf Dad” and the “Tiger Mom” in the past; today an “Eagle Dad” was born.  Recently, video of a 4-year-old boy running naked in the snow was posted online, quickly attracted netizens’ attentions.  The video was shot in New York, snowing, with temperature of -13 degree Celsius, a 4-year-old boy from Nanjing was running in the snow naked, instructed by his father.  In the video the boy was tearful and did not want to […]Read more…

Why China doesn’t have its own Steve Jobs

| November 29th, 2011

(The commentary by Qiulin 邱林, translated from caixin.cn)

As millions of Chinese netizens mourned over Steve Jobs’ death, they also raised a question – why couldn’t China produce its own “Steve Jobs”? Former vice-president of Google global and president of Google China Kai-fu Lee explained on his weibo that it was because Chinese education puts too much emphasis on reciting and memorizing stuff instead of fostering critical thinking. He pointed out that it wasn’t that Chinese people are not smart […]Read more…

Chinese wolf dad beats 3 kids into Beijing University

| November 15th, 2011

At the beginning of this year, the book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua has caused fierce discussion on  traditional Chinese education methods. Recently another book “Therefore, Beijing University siblings (所以,北大兄妹) has brought a so-called wolf dad into the spotlight because he too, adopts extremely strict parenting methods and raises 4 well-behaving kids, 3 of whom get into Beijing University, one of the best universities in China. His parenting motto is “beating every 3 days gets your […]Read more…

Treacherous road to school

| November 14th, 2011

In Taxkorgan County of Xinjiang Autonomous Region, a rural village called Pili Village(皮里村) recently became famous when the above photo showing how children travel to school was posted on weibo by a CCTV journalist and retweeted over 16,000 times.

According to the journalist, there are 416 villagers scattering among the mountains, over 80 of them are children eligible for school. However, the school is more than 200 km away, 80 km of which consists of narrow mountain trails, dangerous […]Read more…

The two extremes of Chinese characteristic physical education

| October 26th, 2011

(From ifeng) Kids in China are forced to relate to sports in one way or another. Some of them maximize physical training so that they can count on sports to earn a living in the future, the rest has to minimize exercise intensity to focus on passing exams and getting into better schools. These two extreme attitudes towards sports constitute unique Chinese characteristic physical education.

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Moral Deficiency and the Making of Chinese Indifference

| October 20th, 2011

The latest news where a 2-year-old girl got run over twice and ignored by 18 passers-by has triggered fierce condemnation from international society and again shed light on Chinese notorious state of mind of indifference. The following content is completely translated from a commentary section in  ifeng for the purpose of spreading hot topics and opinions on Chinese Internet,  and doesn’t represent the opinions and standpoint of the writer or the site.

Famous ancient Chinese doctor Xue Ji once said : first day your […]Read more…