U.S. education different than China
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 10:02
The education systems of China and the United States of America are completely different.
In the US it is easy to learn; parents do not pressure children too much. Americans think that people who have received a good education can better participate in social affairs. They pay attention to the interests of the students, and they pay attention to the students’ ability, rather than high scores. They cultivate autonomous reading, student discussions, and practical abilities.
In the United States, Americans have the right and obligation to accept education. The first reason is that it is easy to learn.
Children don’t face too much pressure. Schools and parents pay attention to the students’ growth, preferences and choices.
Students can talk with and even argue with the teacher in the classroom.
In China’s education system, teachers are used to serious lectures, while students silently listen. A second difference is that teachers pay attention to the interests of students.
In the United States of America, teachers think that the best state of learning is to enable students to enjoy the learning process and activate their own interests in studying, so that the students have a better understanding of their own interests.
A third difference is that teachers pay attention to the abilities of students, rather than to high scores.
American education attaches importance to students’ practice and the ability to solve problems. In class the teacher will let students do hands-on experiments and analyze.
Students master knowledge, but also cultivate their abilities.
All in all, in the US, the students don’t have too much pressure. Schools and parents attach great importance to students’ interests and hobbies, not high scores. American teachers focus on student ability and independent thinking. They like to encourage and guide the students.
Chinese teachers focus on theoretical knowledge examinations to impart knowledge. I learned well under the Chinese system, but I am glad I am studying under the American system now.