Recently, there are more and more Chinese students who choose to study abroad to get a better education, especially in America, because of the unique method of American education. It attracts a lot of people from different countries. And I am one of them, thus I have found that there are three main differences between American education and Chinese education, such as teaching style, grading system and educational objectives.
Initially, the teaching style is different between American education and Chinese education. Chinese teachers prefer students to listen very carefully. Under normal circumstances, the students are not allowed to ask questions until teachers finish their classes. In addition, there are few group discussions with classmates in Chinese classes. However, American teachers would like students to be active in classes. There is more communication during American classes. Take myself as an example, my instructors always let me discuss or work with different classmates, and I was told that participation would be a part of my grade.
Moreover, American education and Chinese education is different in their grading systems. In China, teachers will show the rank of grading to everybody, because they think that it will make students have more motivation and show the teachers good ability. For instance, the teacher will get more of a bonus if the rank of their students is at the top of the school. Furthermore, the grade of Chinese students is only made up of examinations. However, unlike China, the grade of American students is made up of homework, quizzes, tests, participation and attendance, in addition, the examinations are only 20%-30% of the entire grade. Also, American teachers never show everyone’s grade. One of my teachers told me that, the grade was very private and it was illegal for her to show everyone’s grade.
Finally,the Chinese and American educational objectives are also different. Chinese teachers will focus on basic knowledge. For example, as a writer said, Chinese teachers consider that having calculate skills was very basal. Thus Chinese students were not allowed to use a calculator. (Alex “The differences between Chinese education and American education”) But in America, it is totally different, American students are required to focus on creativity or imagination. And this is why there are Steve Jobs, Bill Gates in America. In conclusion, Chinese educational and American educational is quite different in teaching style, grading system and educational objectives. But both of these two educational are good. Students should absorb all of their advantages and a abandon the disadvantages.
Courtney from Study Moose
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