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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

China needs more Liberal Arts?

China's boxed itself in - LA Times.

The writer claims in his experience teaching in China at a college level that students showed a lack of imagination, and that this is going to hold China back.

Hmm... What I have noticed is there are a LOT of Chinese students attending Colleges in the US that are being trained to do both analysis, summaries, and can think. Some very smart people... So IMHO, not an issue. And that is not even mentioning the 2nd, 3rd, etc. generation Chinese in the US and their creativity.

My daughter, 2nd generation, at times is pretty scary with what she thinks up... Very creative, which can be very interesting as a parent!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The author of the article was not talking about Chinese-Americans. He was talking about people who grew up in China's educational system that emphasizes rote-learning over independent thinking for obvious Confucian and political reasons. He was careful to point out his students were intelligent and talented, but did not benefit from a system like those students who grow up in America. And the fact that Chinese who go to America for college do have those skills just proves his point all the more, don't you think?

May 8, 2009 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Ray said...

I agree the author was not talking about Chinese Americans, but I have noticed a huge amount of Chinese students getting degrees in the US going back to China to start businesses since they see more opportunity there. I have also seen quite a few Chinese Americans also go to China. I question if the supposed lack of creativity in the Chinese education system is holding China back. I see other issues as much more important (overall education, environmental issues, rule of law, corruption, and government favoritism of supposedly key industries).

May 9, 2009 at 11:35 PM  

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