Contrast of Chinese and U.S. student disciplines becomes red-hot topic
A microblog post has called Chinese netizens’ attention to another difference in education between China and the U.S. – elementary school disciplines. An overwhelming majority said the Chinese version rings hollow and has no substance as to regulating student behavior. Some net users even said that the perfectionistic code should be used to educate corrupt officials instead of school children, who are mostly innocent and honest.
1. Always refer to a teacher by title and last name.
2. Get to class on time or a little earlier.
3. Raise your hand when you want to ask a question.
4. You may speak to the teacher from your desk while you are seated.
5. When you are absent, you must make up the work you have missed. Ask either the teacher or a classmate for the work.
6. If you expect to be away from school because of an emergency, tell your teacher in advance and ask for the work you will miss.
7. All assignments you hand in must be your own work.
8. Never cheat on a test.
9. If you are having difficulty with a class, schedule an appointment to see the teacher for help. The teacher will be glad to help you.
10.Students must bring a note for a parent explaining any absence or tardiness.
11.The only acceptable excuse for absence is personal illness, a death in the family, or a religious holiday. It is illegal to stay home from school for any other.
12.When a teacher asks a question and does not name a particular student to answer it, anyone who knows the answer should raise one hand.
Chinese disciplines for elementary school students
Most Chinese netizens find the U.S. version detailed and executable. Its everyday language and simple and understandable requirements can help children cultivate good habits.
In contrast, the Chinese version is very abstract, dogmatic and hollow. Some net users think that based on their half-baked vocabulary and limited perception, schoolchildren can barely comprehend what these disciplines really try to say.
In addition, net users pointed out that the Chinese version is so demanding that one has to be a saint to live up to all requirements. Benchmark Chinese adults against the code, and many of them will fail.
Many school principals and teachers in Shanghai, while conceding that Chinese school disciplines do seem abstract, say that parents and netizens may not the whole picture.
“Apart from the disciplines, each school actually has its own detailed rules and regulations,” Wang Ping, principal of Ruijiner Road Elementary School, said that arriving school on time, raising hands to ask a question and so forth have been detailed in the school rules. “That the country devises macro disciplines does not come into conflict with detailed regulations tailor-made to meet local and a specific school’s needs.”
Wang Ping also said that, at the start of the first semester of the first graders, students study the disciplines under teachers’ instruction to strengthen their comprehension of the articles. They also study the school’s detailed regulations to substantiate the macro concepts.
“The U.S. student disciplines seem more like Chinese code of conduct for students.” Many teachers felt this way. They think that the Chinese disciplines are a set of guiding principles which represent the general course, and that it is impractical to make the disciplines meticulous.
“The establishment of the student disciplines demonstrates the country’s educational ideal…and shows the country’s expectation for the new generation of talents,” said Wu Zengqiang, director of the research division of Shanghai Academy of Educational Sciences, “Great differences exist between China and the U.S. in terms of cultural traditions and expression.” However, he also admitted that the heated discussion surrounding of the two countries’ student disciplines reflects the hope that our education can be more down-to-earth, have fewer slogan and less dogmatism, and be more viable.
Selected comments from Sina.com
新浪山东菏泽lianxiang722: It should be written on the handbook, “Don’t be a corrupt official after you grow up.”新浪河北保定妄行: Ours is virtually a guidance on becoming a saint. As we grow up, the expectations gets lower and lower.“6, Engage in labor. Be frugal and pristine. Depend on yourself to do things you are capable of.”—This alone can fail within a second all cadres who have secretaries.
新浪湖南长沙网友walker: If one is standardized and institutionalized by disciplines in all aspects from childhood, how can there be any room for free personal development??
新浪广东深圳网友: The disciplines for Chinese school children are impossible for us to comprehend for the rest of our lives. So esoteric….新浪四川德阳网友Dream: This one must be supported.I call on those who study abroad to compare and introduce more advanced methods of foreign countries. After all, the new China has grown from learning.
新浪韩国kyonggi-do人卜已占: Damn. Is the Chinese one for real? So demanding. A person has to be practically a perfect one to fulfill it.
新浪浙江绍兴邮电局机: I think the Chinese one is better. It has depth and quality. The U.S. one is like fast food, with no nutrition. School children can take time comprehending it. They don’t have to get it after one teaching. Otherwise, what’s the point of studying it?
新浪湖南郴州sutailao: I didn’t know that our country has been educating people to love the country and the party, to abide by laws from their childhood. The U.S. version didn’t mention a word about it. We can compare adults of the two countries. Americans outperform Chinese adults in comparison when it comes to law-abiding, let alone love for the country. How many Americans have you seen embezzle colossal sums of money and flee abroad? Why our education that teaches the positive ends up the opposite? Who can explain it? Shouldn’t Chinese education be called a failure?
新浪河南郑州一闪: Americans abide by laws? Then How do you think the tens of thousands of victims who die from gun shots each year and their friends are going to react to you?
新浪北京大兴网友bolk001: Having lagged behind is not terrible. What’s terrible is the mentality that denies having lagged behind.
新浪黑龙江哈尔滨网友: To teacher: I have fulfilled all of it. But I still have no house, no cash or wife! I can’t afford to see a doctor. I have deep love for all. Who has deep love for me?
新浪北京大兴网友: Why having deep love for a certain Party has become a discipline? Shameless and despicable.
新浪湖南岳阳网友王水: Obviously all school children are going to be cultivated to become our country’s great cadres.
新浪湖南郴州网友sutailao: To require so much meaningless stuff of a child who has just got exposed to the society in all aspects would end up blotting out a child’s natural instincts. This is China’s education!
新浪北京: Any disciplines in China needs just one article to cover all: “Always listens to the Party!!” Any more would be superfluous words.
新浪宁夏石嘴山网友vvislovelycow: If one can fulfill them, one can be an excellent party cadre.
新浪广西mhz19620317: This reflects our country’s characteristics: fake, big, hollow.
新浪浙江杭州网友james3619: No adult can abide by such a “discipline,” let alone school children.
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