A Shanghai sishu in traditional Chinese fashion
One of Confucian’s great contributions to the mankind is
his promotion of equal opportunity in education, so that
everyone can have a chance to rise in the society through
his own effort.
September 10 is Teacher’s Day in mainland China, while Hong
Kong, Taiwan and UN-sponsored programs make September 28,
the birthday of Confucian,
the Teacher’s Day. When some experts suggested that mainland
China should follow suit, a spokesperson for China’s Education
Department responded by saying it is too difficult to change
because the current arrangement has been in existence for
more than 20 years and people grow used to it (wonder what
happens to Chinese
New Year’s Day, it changes every year).
Late last month a spokeswoman for the department publicly
declaimed that family-run school (sishu 私塾) should be banded
because in which students won’t be able to learn patriotism.
Sishu is said to be started by Confucian and had been the
dominant educational system until early last century when
the public school system were introduced into China form
It must be a miracle that China held together over
the millennia in face of constant external threats while
Chinese were utterly ignorant of patriotism.
We Become Poor, Because We Have A
Child at School
Half of the poor Chinese families list school fees as the
main cause of their poverty. To an ordinary family, school
fees count for nearly 30 per cent of the total family budget,
a study by China’s Lingdian survey company revealed.
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