My last post talked about several differences between Chinese and American high schools, this post will cover the rest of the differences I have experienced so far between two different high school educations.
Difference One: Focuses
In China, the main focus of high school education is to perform well in the College Entrance Exam called Gaokao, so the students can get admitted to their dream colleges. Colleges in China choose students mainly depending on their score on the College Entrance Exam. Colleges also set different standard score for different provinces. Some students in the province that has a higher standard score have to work even harder to get admitted to that college. For example, a student in Beijing needs a much lower score to get admitted to Peking University while a student in Shandong province needs a much higher score to go there. Different from China, high school students focus on both the academic performance and the extracurricular activities, including sports, community services, clubs, and so on. Again, Chinese high school students have much more competition for college admission than American students. The large population forces both schools and students to put all their energy into academic excellence.
Difference Two: Living On Campus v. No Dorm
Many high schools in China, especially the popular high schools, have dorms for their students, because many students come from other cities to get a better education. Another reason why many high school students choose to live on campus in China is to save time for studying. Dorm life gives the students a chance to make life-long friends. However, in the United States, most high schools have no dorm. Students go to school by taking school bus or riding in a car.
Difference Three: Class Supervisor v. Counselors
Here in the United States, students go to talk with their counselors when they have any concern or question. In China, since each grade level is divided into many classes whose students and teachers remain unchanged, each “class” has a class supervisor. A class supervisor is in charge of a class of about 50 to 70 students. A class supervisor does teach as well as take care of students’ concerns and questions other than their courses. A class supervisor also leads the class to perform well in academic and other competitions.
Difference Four:Public v. Private Education Value
In the United States, many people would spend a lot of money just to send their children to a private high school, because they think private education is better than public education. In China, there are fewer private schools than public high schools. Most students go to public high schools. Public high schools in China do cost money ( not a lot of money though) while American public high school is free. Chinese parents choose high schools depending on the ranking of the school to make sure their child gets the best public education.
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