Headline, August 23 2021/ ''' '' THE EDUCATION TAP '' '''

''' '' THE EDUCATION TAP '' '''

IN PROUD PAKISTAN : LET ME ALL GET YOU IN - TO GO PEEP IN TO A STATE SECRET : A secret that keeps the great man : O''Captain Imran Khan, the very loved and admired Prime Minister of Proud Pakistan, tossing and turning at night.

Over all these many years, I have lived with and in the vicinity of thousands of students. The Pakistan students just about read nothing. Nothing at all! And don't let me say, 'if they ever know something they can write about.' O''Captain knows that spells unmitigated disaster for the nation's future.

SIR JOHN MANSFIELD : The great master essayist put it just so brilliantly : ''Of all those arts in which the wise excel, nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.''

And with that I stop to give a hug and many blessings to the O''Captain Imran Khan, the heroic global founder framers of The World Students Society : 

Rabo, Dee, Haleema, Saima, Sahar, Zilli, Aqsa, Merium, Hussain, Shahzaib, Jordan, Bilal, Salar, Ali, Danyial, Haider, Hamza, Sanan, Zaeem, and Mustafa, Mujtaba, Mynah, Maria, Hannyia, Eden, Merium, and darling Sofia.

IN CHINA - THE COMPETITIVE PURSUIT OF EDUCATION - AND the better life it promises - is simply ongoing and climbing and relentless. So are the financial pressures it adds to families already dealing with climbing house prices, caring for aging parents and costly health care.

The burden of this pursuit has caught the attention of officials who want couples to have more children. China's ruling Communist Party has tried to slow the education treadmill. It has banned homework, curbed livestreaming hours of online tutors and created more coveted slots at top universities.

Zhang Hongchun worries that his 10 year-old daughter isn't getting enough sleep. Between school, homework and after-school guitar, clarinet and calligraphy practice, most nights she doesn't she doesn't get to bed before 11. Some of her classmates keep going until midnight.

''Everyone wants to follow suit,'' Mr. Zhang said. '' No one wants to lose at the starting line.''

Now, China is trying something bigger: banning private companies that offer after-school tutoring and targeting China's $100 billion for-profit test-prep industry. The first limits are set to take place during the coming year, to be carried out by the local governments.

The move, which was announced last month and will require companies that offer curriculum tutoring to register as nonprofits, is aimed at making life easier for students who are overwhelmed by the financial pressures of educating their children. Yet parents and experts are skeptical it will work. The wealthy, they point out, will simply hire expensive tutors, making education even more competitive and ultimately widening China's yawning wealth gap.

For Mr. Zhang, who sells chemistry lab equipment in the southern Chinese city of Kunming, banning after-school tutoring does little to address his broader concerns. ''As long as there is competition, parents will still have their anxiety,'' he said.

Beijing's crackdown on private education is a new facet of its campaign to toughest regulation on corporate China, an effort driven in part by the party's desire to show its most powerful technology giants who is boss.

Regulators have slammed the industry for being ''hijacked by capital.'' China's top leader, Xi Jinping, has attacked it as a ''malady'' and said parents faced a dilemma in balancing the health and happiness of their children with the demands of a competitive system, which is too focused on testing and scores.

The education overhaul is also a part of the country's effort to encourage an overwhelmingly reluctant population to have bigger families and address a looming demographic crisis. In May, China changed its two-child policy to allow married couples to have three children. It promised to create maternity leave and ease workplace measures.

Tackling soaring education costs is seen as the latest sweetener. But Mr. Zhand said having a second child was out of the question for him and his wife because of the time, energy and financial resources that China's test-score obsessed has placed on them.

Parental focus on education in China can sometimes make American helicopter parenting seem quaint. Exam preparation courses begin in kindergarten. Young children are enrolled in ''early M.B.A.'' courses. No expense is spared, whether the family is rich and poor.

''Everyone is pushed into this vicious cycle. You spend what you can on education.'' said Siqi Tu, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gottingen, Germany.

For Chinese students hoping to get a spot at a prestigious university, everything hinges on the gaokao, a single exam that many children are primed before they even learn how to write.

'If this criteria for selecting students doesn't change, it's hard to change specific practices,'' said Ms. Tu, whose research is focused on wealth and education in China. Parents often describe being pressured into finding tutors who will teach their children next year's curriculum well before the semester begins, she said.

Much of the competition comes from a culture of parenting known colloquially in China as ''chicken parenting,'' which refers to the obsessive involvement of parents in their children's lives and education. The term ''jiwa' or ''chicken baby'' has trended on Chinese social media in recent days.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Education, The World, and Practices of Culture, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Alexandra Stevenson and Cao Li.

With respectful dedication to the Grandparents, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of China, and then the world. See Ya all so prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society - for every subject in the world : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011 :

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


Post a Comment

Grace A Comment!