A Tiger vs a Cat -Difference Between Chinese and Western Education- A Tiger vs a Cat
-Difference between Chinese and Western Education-
Midterm Research Paper
November 9, 2011
According to A cultural perspective for the differences between Chinese education and Western education, there are considerable differences between Chinese and Western education due to the influence of culture and history. What’s more, the article- Views on differences between Chinese and Western education from quality education and Analysis of the differences between Chinese education and Western -show the differences on school and family education specifically and separately. Chinese education is characterized by setting diversified strict rules and regulations on students; Whereas, Western students get more freedom and chances to choose and develop what they really interested in. Generally speaking, Chinese students usually are good law-keeper and possess solid basic foundation but lacking creative spirit. Western kids are more independently and do good jobs on innovation. However, they don not stress too much on discipline and hard working. Zhao and Bai said in Draw inspiration from comparing that Chinese and Western education should learn from each other (1999, p. 46). Therefore, integrating the essence of these two education systems will come up with a better one. Tiger VS Cat
Difference between Chinese education and Western Education
At the beginning of 2011, a book named “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” set off a storm in United States. Amy Chua, the author and Chinese American professor at Yale Law School, is known as “Tiger mother” because of her strike demands on her children’s education. Although her hash parental discipline is filled with overworking, Chua cultivates two excellent daughters. Later, an article-“Why Chinese mothers are superior” puts the Chinese and Western education pattern on PK potentially. American mothers are beginning to question whether the strike parenting techniques of Chinese mothers are more effective. While, Chinese mothers begin to wonder whether a loose control are better to intrigue children’s creativity (Du, 2011). And this is exactly what Zhitao Chang, a Chinese father from Shanghai, does. He uses his own experience to state that parent can choice a democratic and gentle way to communicate with children (Du, 2011). Chang, called “Cat father”, sent his daughter into Harvard University as well. So, both of these two education system must have its own magic weapons to cultivate an excellent child. The Tiger Teacher and Cat Teacher at School
Confucianism has influenced Chinese education for thousands years, permeating every part of Chinese education system. It stresses the obedience to authority and rules, advocating to honor the teachers and to respect their teachings (Yang, 2007, p.11). Teachers are considered to be the person who transmit wisdom, impart knowledge and solve doubts, and portrayed, as well, to be the one who is superior to the students. Therefore, in most Chinese classes, teachers are the leading roles, deciding what to teach and how to teach. And in many cases, the only thing Chinese students have to do is to follow them, write them down and memorize them. This educational pattern is not conducive to the cultivation of critical thinking and the ability of independent studying; but on the other hand, Xu (2007) said, because Chinese school and teachers always set strict management and rules, Chinese students usually have a solid foundation of knowledge and a good awareness of discipline, increasing their competitive ability (p.38). Western culture seeks equality, making western education a sharp contrast to that of China. The idea of education in West propagates that teachers and student are equal, and teachers enact the part of guides and friends of students (Yang, 2007, p.11). That is to say the students are the host of the classroom. Li (2010)...
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