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Taking a look at Chinese students  

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“I wish nothing but for my kid to grow up healthy and happy.” Most parents have this sentence in mind when asked about their children’s futures. However, the desire for their success haunts them all the time, which leads to a long hard studying journey for Chinese children.

Most people believe that the earlier their children start school, the more competitive they will be. The enrollment age set by the Ministry of Education was 7, but when many parents sent their kids to school earlier, the regulation was lowered to 6 and a half. When it was further reduced to 6, children of 5 started showing up. A lot of effort is made by parents to ensure education as early as possible.

 

Elementary and secondary schools are designed to be compulsory education. All children are entitled to attend schools in their neighborhood or school districts. Nevertheless, schools are ranked according to market principles through enrollment rates for the schools they go to next. High-ranking schools seem to possess an edge. This belief led to the popularity of school-choosing and subsequently fees charged by those schools, which creates financial burdens on families and unbalances education resources. How was should treat it is still under debate.

 

It’s impressive how hard Chinese students study and how they perform in the exams. Though quality-oriented education has been set as a future goal, the examination-oriented education system still dominates. School schedules start from as early as 7:30 am through to 5 or 6pm. A typical day includes morning reading, four classes in the morning and three or four in the afternoon. Curricula are designed to cover a wide variety of subjects, from Chinese, math, politics, and English to arts and sciences.

From the 2nd year of high school, a subject-based approach is adopted. Students need to orientate themselves into arts or sciences programs, according to their career plans. These programs emphasize their own subjects and lead to different exam papers for college entrance. This system has been around since the reinstatement of the college entrance examination in 1977. There is ongoing debate whether it should be abolished. For 7 or 8 classes per day, lectures are still holding sway over interactive learning. Afternoon classes are designed for self-study, but are often occupied by teachers who are eager to impart extra material or homework. Even though some teachers prefer to avoid assignments, considering the time students spend on other subjects, they have no choice but to secure their own periods by setting work. The humanities are not included as much as they are supposed to be.

Efforts for changes and reforms have been made to meet the requirements of rapidly changing circumstance, and the practicality of exam-oriented education.

From the Readers Forum:

Chinese students spend a huge amount of time in class, doing homework, and studying for the seemingly infinite exams. China Grooves would appreciate any explanations and summaries you could submit to explain the numerous examinations, certifications, and requirements facing Chinese students. Please send your comments to us at forum@cgrooves.com.

2010—the Year of the Tiger (Metal Tiger)

Horse (along with Dogs) are expected to fare better than most in 2010, the Year of the Tiger. It’s a yang year, which is comfortable for Horses, and while Metal is not the preferred element for Horses, it is something they can take control of. New friendships and career advancement are likely. Health may be a little more fragile this year, however. While opportunities arise and should be taken advantage of, Horses should not jump into new situations or relationships too quickly, without practical considerations taken into account.

Tiger

This is a year of new beginnings for you – the start of a new twelve-year cycle. The choices you make this year will be defining ones for years to come. Romance and social relationships are expected to be strong areas for you this year. It’s a time during which the Tiger can take the lead, exercise his or her authority, and hunt down opportunities. Tigers will be very active and enjoy the changefulness of the year’s events. However, Tigers should do their best to exercise self-control. Even though it is “their” year, it’s a year of high drama, and both the ups and downs can be memorable.

OX

A year of drama, instability, and change is not what a typical Ox wants to hear! It sounds a little too excitable for the security-seeking Ox. Last year was a new beginning for you –the start of a whole new 12 year cycle, and for some of you it was a dramatic beginning. This year, you are embracing a new lifestyle and dealing with some uncertainty at the same time. Career matters may be competitive; health is expected to be variable. Love is on the challenging side for many and status quo for some. Be determined, and open yourself up to accepting some changes in plans. Focus on the things that are the most important to you. Overall: Average to challenging.

Rabbit

As this is they year before his/her own year, 2010 can bring the Rabbit some challenges, but never insurmountable ones. (Note, 2011 will be the Year of the Year of the Rabbit). In fact, the Rabbit often indirectly benefits from the activities of the Tiger, so there can be some small advances this year for many Rabbits that seem to come out of the blue. The Rabbit doesn’t share any strong links to the Tiger overall, however, so the Year of the Tiger is expected to be on the neutral side for the Rabbit—neither overly challenging nor overly positive.

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