The path forward for Chinese education
Education plays a large part in the future advancement of the world’s societies, economies, and life satisfaction. The purpose of this research process is to examine several aspects of early childhood education, which is a foundational building block of education in general, and then specifically to focus on weaknesses in the Chinese educational system. I begin by comparing educational features, mostly applied in Western countries, to what is practiced today in China. China currently relies on traditional forms of education and could gain by changing some educational methods. The framework of this project is divided into five parts. China is affected by many contemporary problems, which I discuss in detail in the first part. Then, I review changes China has applied in the past and adjustments it could make in the future to better its system. I provide a sample of the resources I reference and a timeline for my research project. There are key differences between early childhood education in China and Western countries, which include aspects of teaching methods, educational resources, and cultural norms. Based on my research, I developed several conclusions regarding issues China faces and potential solutions. Changes to education requires collaboration between government, education institutions, and parents. Moreover, China needs to pay more attention to improving the educational resources it provides. For instance, reducing teacher turnover would improve both educational quality and early child development. There is a long road ahead of us, so we must continually learn, adjust, and apply new educational methods to our own cultural contexts.