A few thoughts on the education system in China and how it needs to develop.
Why should our kids get engaged?
Sheephappens1This is me
(a very nice guy)
2As a new father Ive been thinking.
Ive been in China for 10 Years4
teaching on degree programs5
delivering Teacher Training programs6
and building a corporate training company.7From the MNCs in China that weve trained
we hear the same problems, again & again9
Our staff are simply not speaking up in meetings10
Our team lacks creativity11Our staff are: too easily distracted
Our team lack social skills
(especially our engineers)13
E-mails need more specifics
Presentations fail to generate interest15
often being monotone and lacking body language16
Our staff have difficulty in understanding the management perspective or putting themselves in others shoes17 Presentations lack body language
even handshakes fail to generate a feeling of confidence18
So what are the Roots?19While every year our phones, computers, cars, music, clothes, weapons, holidays and housing upgrades
Our education system is still fundamentally the same as it was 100 years ago
Like sheep, in education weve simply followed the previous generations that came before 22But the world has changed
China now has twice as many graduates as the US
China is now the worlds number one English speaking country24
National Education Budget = RMB 56.2 Billion (2.5% GDP)Education Index (UNDP) = 81stStudent Numbers:Primary & Secondary = 217.1 millionUniversity & Vocational = 39.9 millionTeachers = 16.2 millionEducation in China25
but population density in many areas26
means average class sizes of between 60 and 80 students27
How do you control a class this size?2860% of Chinese children suffer corporal punishment(State Media Report) 2004-12-07
29So combine that with thisStudy Pressure and Interpersonal Relationships are causing children most concern - Shanghai Academy of Educational Sciences
83.6% of parents expect their child to rank within the top 15 (of 50) in their class - China Youth and Childrens Research centre
And even this!
It is not only intense study pressure that hurts creativity, but a system of learning that is built largely upon one-way lecturing and rote learning. - China Education Blog32
And its no wonder the kids feel the pressure which sadly contributes to this33
1. Change the seating plan & halve class size 2. Change the exam breakdown3. Next curriculum & teachers resources A few solutionsSo what can we do?351. Change the Seating Plan& Halve the Class Size
These seats and desks are fixed
While these can be moved
38So lets change this
40Or even this
Which would allow:Greater InteractionTeamwork & Team CompetitionsDiscussion & Idea GenerationGroup Problem SolvingTeachers to move around the room to help students
Teachers sayWe could never move the tables! It would be chaos and students would not listen to us, they would just talk to each other!
Which is true
so at the same time we also need to432. Change the Exam Breakdown
Changing the Exam Breakdown
from this to this100% Final Exam
40% Final Exam20% Mid-term exam15% Teamwork project15% Presentation10% Homework grades
453. Add Next Generation Curriculum & Teachers Resources
Who should be designing our curriculum?
Or maybe these guys ?
To add game dynamics to education, so learning becomes as addictive to kids as this49and with building valuable teaching resources
50And recording the best teachers
To share best practices with those all over the country51
The China Education Initiativewww.chinaeducationinitiative.org China Education Blogwww.chinaeducationblog.comJoin your PTA (or start one!)& Ask your teachers questions!So What Now?52
So hopefully we can make sure that:Sheepdoesnt happenfor the next generation53
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