Update on private education in China


I’ve updated this article from Tuesday on private education in Gansu province with a link to the E. G. West Centre. The page the link points to has a bunch of links and information related to private education in China, including research articles. Enjoy.

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2 responses to “Update on private education in China

  1. JimMc

    Thanks for the link. This part is quite remarkable:

    ” In remote and poor areas, those teachers in private schools should be respected by us. The majorities of them only have RMB 200 per month (£13). Receiving such low salary, they still insist in doing their jobs and teaching courses seriously. Do not they worth our respecting? Frankly speaking, they could have quite higher salary than that if they go out to find a job. However, they do not leave their hometown. Why? Because they know that the impoverished regions needs them, children need them, parents need them, even the county need them to change the poverty situations through education.”

    Think that could happen here? Or is it a cultural thing?

  2. It is definitely a cultural thing, and I’m not sure if that could be reproduced in the US. The Chinese have a sense of duty to family and their culture that Americans might have been able to grasp in previous generations, but I’m not so sure about now.

    Also, the economics of personal wealth are a lot different in China than in the US. Being a primarily consumerist culture, we have a LOT more opportunities to spend money on things we don’t need. RMB 200 (= $50) a month is still serious poverty, but especially in the remote provinces like Gansu there are far fewer things to spend money on. The Chinese in Gansu province probably don’t feel like they are inalienably entitled to cable TV or home theater systems like a lot of Americans.