Dakota's 3rd essay draft

Dakota Goodwin
English 101
4/22/14
Bradly Bleck

Is education really worth everything

The problem with higher education all over the world has always been the cost of tuition. This problem has held back so much potential all across the world. Even though America is on top of the world in politics and military it has failed in the education department with at least twenty countries toping the U.S in education. A student in America is known for being broke and spending the majority of their time studying and working. Even though the system is faulty most people can still get a higher education somewhere, it just isn’t what they may have wanted or deserved. This cannot be said for the Chinese. Out of the 1.3 billion people in China only about thirty three million are enrolled in college. This is only about 2.4%. Although 97% of Chinese have completed high school only 2.4% moved onto higher education. The reason for that is pretty easily questioned in Yu Hua’s China in Ten Words. “(In China) Supporting a college student today is estimated to require the equivalent of 4.2 years of an urban net income or 13.6 of a rural net income.” (Pg. 120) This number isn’t shaped by how much money they can save, but if they poured all of their money into that and didn’t pay for food or bills or tax’s. To explain the serious issues of this system the statistics, the teaching reforms, the construction of teaching, and the teaching industry must be explained and evaluated.

Out of the thirty three million students that are enrolled in a Chinese higher learning facility only 1.15 million graduate each year. This leaves the graduation percentage to be very slim. On the official website of learning in China the majority of the paragraphs explaining the statistics and information about the Chinese schooling system are about trying to solve the problem of each student being able to pay for their college with the government helping every student out to get part time jobs and loans. The problem with this method is that every student that does graduate in China have to worry about student loan debt in an economy that isn’t necessarily the greatest right now as they have plenty of catching up to do in order to be as well of as countries like the U.S. Another big problem for the education system is the lack of education facilities. There are only 2,305 colleges in China. There is twice as much in America with a population of about a quarter of China’s. So that leaves about an eighth of the college space.

To reform higher education in China they took ten steps that were key into transforming higher education as they know it, however they still need much more help. One of the more important of these steps was regulating a teaching plan can coming up with what must be taught everywhere to give a basic layout. Another breakthrough was being able to reform those rules and really update everything when it needed to be changed. The next breakthrough was getting a law passed to improve these changes indefinitely insuring future changes to occur. These changes include financial aid, teaching requirements, and minimal learning environmental rights. Currently the World Bank Loan Project is putting in 70 million dollars to improve these changes. The majority of these changes started taking place in the late 90’s and will continue to occur as time goes on.

In China teachers are few and far between, especially young ones. The next solution to China’s education system is getting more people to want to become teachers. They do this by making the teaching environment much better all-around China. Most of the teachers in China are required to study abroad in order to being better teaching techniques back to China. The biggest issue they face with that is getting those students abroad to want to come back to the Chinese educational system. This idea is basically like bringing an actor to work in Hollywood and then come back to his local city in order to start up a big studio their similar to Hollywood. The idea just makes them work so hard for something that benefits others in the future and has no direct benefit to them; it actually makes them work harder than they would need to.

Lastly China’s education system needed to work on their relationships with other countries in regard to education. Chinese foreign exchange students have been sent to 154 different countries, and exchange students have been brought in by 160 countries. Education still isn’t a huge focus for China as they are first focusing on bringing their economy up to top tier. Education seems to be rather low on their list and that’s probably what’s holding them back so fast. Most civilizations seem to put education at at least 3rd place in utmost importance, but China seems to place it around 8th in list of things to do to create a better China. This mentality takes a lot out of the system and should probably change if they want to be taken seriously when it comes to education. Right now the Average Chinese person would be held much lower on the intelligence scale than the majority of people outside of 3rd world countries.

In conclusion my springboard passage drew in the financial issues of education which is an enormous deal to China’s schooling. The official Chinese Education website mad it blatantly that they were trying to cover for their terrible financial aid situation because they talked about everything they were doing in order to fix it. Having this website in English proves that they’re trying to get a better rep with other countries in regard to education but I think they should try harder. Without focusing on it like other countries do they’ll never catch up but most likely continue to fall further behind. That is the faults to catching a country up so fast is they’re bound to have casualties when they cut corners. If China ends up on top they aren’t set up to stay up there because currently they are building a very shaky foundation with a population that is less intelligent and less proud of their country.

Works cited
“Higher Education” Chinaeducenter.com 2004-2014 Web
Yu Hua’s “Revolution.” China in Ten Words 2011 Book