Everyone must be educated, that is the basic duty of a good citizen. However, different environments involve different education. I was born in China. My cousin was born in America. We recently had a discussion about the difference between education in China and America. As a matter of fact, our discussion can be classified in three principal ways: the attitude of parents, the method of school, and the objective of education. The first point of discussion was the attitude of parents.
In China, when children’s exams are not as good as their parents hoped, most parents criticize and intimidate their children: If the next exam has the same result as this exam, children will lose some of their favorite things, such as their computer, mp3 player, or even their precious basketball. This is terrible for children. Children would be mad at their parents in this bad situation but their parents tend not to care. This mortifies children. In America, when children fail their exams, most parents encourage and inspire their children. Failure is inevitable for success.
They will do better than before because of this encouragement. Another discussion point is the method of school. In China, students have fewer courses. They can do better than students of other countries in these courses, but Chinese students lack the knowledge and creativity of foreign students. However, in America, students have a lot of courses which can broaden their horizons. They have broader knowledge in certain fields of study than Chinese students, such as philosophy and the arts, but they are not better at math than Chinese students.
When you are a child, who takes care of you? Now, the cost of living is so high that many people under age twenty-five are moving back in with their parents. Young people are getting married later now than they used to. The average age for a woman to get married is about twenty-four, and for a man twenty-six. Newly married couples often postpone having children while they are establishing careers. ...
Chinese students lack a certain amount of educational freedom which Americans enjoy. Finally, the two different education systems have two different kinds of objectives. In China, people believe that going to school and graduating from college is only for the diploma. When students graduate from college, the diploma is most important for finding a job. In America, students go to school not only to obtain a diploma, but to also gain other types of knowledge by taking many different courses.
They strive to find their unique potential in life, so they can decide what job they want to have in the future. In the end, my cousin and I knew that the advantages and disadvantages of different education systems between China and America. Chinese students can do better at few courses than American students. But their education is Exam-oriented, which will fall into disuse as time goes by. American education is flexible, which can be approved by a great majority of people. Consequently, I and my cousin agreed that American education is better.