Education Panel

教育分论坛 Education Panel

Bridging the gap between Chinese and Western education

This year’s BCS Education Panel will focus on the Chinese government’s efforts to bridge the gap between Chinese and Western education. In early 2013, the Chinese government launched an education reform program aimed primarily at alleviating students’ stress levels by reducing schools’ emphasis on standardized testing. The reforms stem from the increasingly liberal belief that an obsession with testing cultivates an unhealthy learning environment in which students lack creativity and lack an understanding of greater social issues. The high-pressure education style has also impacted students’ health, bringing about anxiety issues in many cases. This panel aims to cover the various methods of alternative education reform taking place across China, including, but not limited to: the 2+2 programs between Chinese universities and Western universities; the decentralizing of autonomy over education; the reduction of homework; and the development of new criteria by which to assess students.

布朗中国峰会2015教育分论坛关注中西方教育相互交流互相影响的话题。2013年初,中国政府推出了以切实减轻学生负担为目标的新一轮教育改革。改革的重点是优化考试招生制度。近年来中西方教育交流紧密之后,中国的教育改革方向受到越来越多西方教育模式的影响,中国的教育工作者更多地看到并相信刻板的应试教育和不健康的学生学习环境可能造成学生们身体健康的损害,创造力、社会情怀与责任感的缺乏。随着教育工作者和全社会对于教育改革和新出路的关注和探索,一些成熟的西方教育模式融入中国的教育领域。包括2+2合作办学、去行政化的探讨、家庭作业改革、新课程标准的制定等都给中国教育带来新鲜血液。教育分论坛邀请从事不同形式教育的领军人物和接受不同形式教育的在校同学一同探讨中国教育的改革发展新方向。

Panel Format

1) Welcome!

The moderator will introduce each guest speaker as well as welcome both the guest speakers and the audience to BCS Education Panel.

2) Guest Speakers’ Speeches

We are expecting four guest speakers on the panel, and each will give a speech about his/her career in education for about 20 minutes. We would highly encourage guest speakers to use relevant pictures, photographs or other visual materials to enhance the interaction with the audience.

3) Questions and Answers with Guest Speakers

The moderator will take questions from the audience and direct them to the corresponding guest speakers.

4) Panel Discussion with Students

Students will be picked based on the following criteria:

  • Student who has been through 2+2 education program
  • Student who has been through the traditional Chinese education system
  • Student who attended high school in the US
  • Student who has experienced liberal arts or alternative education in China

5) Questions and Answers with Students

The moderator will take questions from the audience and direct them to the student panel.

6) Buffer Time

We will have a 5 minutes buffer time throughout the panel.

 

Related Links:

1) Articles regarding Education Panel topic:

Theme: Education reforms in China

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/30/chinas-10-new-school-reform-rules-reduce-standardized-testing-homework/

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/apr/08/china-school-reform-jiang-xueqin/

http://business.time.com/2013/06/27/china-just-as-desperate-for-education-reform-as-the-u-s/

2) Articles to introduce speakers:

Margot Landman–Senior Director for Education Programs at National Committee on US-China Relations

https://www.ncuscr.org/about/staff/margot-e-landman/senior-director-education-programs

http://www.asian-studies.org/EAA/EAA-Archives/8/2/494.pdf

Eden Woon– Vice President of HKUST

http://fytgs.ust.hk/en/news/details?id=236

Photos related to topic:

http://www.worldbank.org/content/dam/Worldbank/Feature%20Story/basic%20education%20in%20Western%20508_335.jpg/_jcr_content/renditions/original

http://www.snyar.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/rtr1rpjp.jpg

http://i1.sinaimg.cn/dy/c/2009-06-26/1245976211_Tukakv.jpg

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