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    6. How the Eastern and Western Education System differ from each other

    As I'm a English student, I have met really a great many curious people who have asked me such questions, "What's the difference between Eastern and Western culture?" "How China and foreign countries differ from each other?", etc. When it comes to this kind of issues, it is a penetrating thought that a nation's power rests essentially with its advanced civilization. But what decides the civilization? Of course it's the education system that matters. Because it's the root of the citizens' ordinary cognitive level and ability. Now I'm about to talk something revelant in the followings. The author, Stanley, what he experienced really touches me a lot and definitely I have a very ture feeling about that. I'm not from HongKong, I'm born and brought up in the China Mainland. I'm raised in such a condition that we must follow the rules, follow the teachers, must be obedient or you'll be badly punished. I keep it in my mind firmly and never forget. Yes, we must tell teachers what we did, we do and we will do in the school as it is educated since young. Every time when I come in the classroom, I must say "Excuse me, amy I come in?" (it's "报告" in Chinese) or you'll be scolded. When you come out of the classroom, I must tell the teacher "May I come out please ?" or your will be scolded. What remains me very well is that my math teacher in senior high school, he is of a noble character and high prestige person here and he is ready to retire. He is influenced by traditional Chinese culture very deeply and he regards it as a no more critical thing. I still remember he gave us some "laws" to follow basically in his view. What most impressed me is that once a student came in without a request and slipped into the classroom through the backdoor (Notice: We should enter the classroom through the frontdoor when teacher's in) quietly after the class begins for a short time and as my math teacher was on the point of writing on the blackboard. The student thought the teacher hadn't found him but he was obviously wrong later. The teacher tuened around and became very angry (I think the word "hysteria" isn't excessive), shouting at him, "Go away!" ("滚出去" in Chinese). The student was very frightened and apologized to teacher again and again. At last, his end is to stand at the back of classroom for the class.(It's a rather happy end, I reckon.) Then class teacher came to emphasize this to us times during the class meeting. It is kind of incident which challenged his authority directly. Not only this one, but also so many other things. My senior high school English teacher would scold us for not telling her to go to the toilet "illegally" though she was busy answering questions for other students, as is the opposite bang against that is of Canada. But after I graduated and entered into a new place--my university, I have met some native English teachers. I found it very surprising and different from what I was doing all the time in the past. Once I needed go to the toilet during the classtime and I instinctly held hands and requested "Excuse me, may I go to the toilet?" The teacher's answer is indeed beyond expectation, "Yes, of course. Next time you need to do anything, don't ask me and go through the backdoor, it's fine." The tremendous difference really shocks me a lot. Why? How come does it cause? I wonder. Actually, the ingrained things in Chinese culture, the inflexible opinions especially the unequal relationships between the students and teachers, children and parents, int. the seniors and juniors, is not good at all. The basics is that the difference between Western and Eastern education theory. In my view, as a junior, I need respect and confidence too. I don't want scolds and insults everday. I hope I can be treated well rather not being punished. But in another way, I think the necessary politeness is a must for us to do so. I have still kept the habit of standing every time when the teacher askes me to answer questions. And I would greet teachers every time when I meet them out of the classroom. I would say "Thank you" every time when they answerd the questions I put up with. I would offer to help my teachers such as lifting the heavy things together. I think, as a student, it is a basic thing for us to do so. It is stressed especially that "Honour the teacher and respect his teaching"( "尊师重道" in Chinese) in Chinese traditional culture, it is what we should always carve in our hearts sincerely. Chinese traditional culture and education system, has its own valuable and precious things a lot. I can't say which culture is better, either the Eastern ones or the Western ones. Because all the cultures are the equal in the world. They differ from each other and have their own shining points as well as colourful aspects.As a idiom goes in China, we should learn from others' strong points and close the gap ("取长补短" in Chinese). I sincerely hope our education system can still make new progress in years. Thank you. (p.s. The education system in mainland China really changes a lot at present, the position of teacher and students are amusingly turned over. The teachers now can't receive respect from students and even be scolded by parents. Obviously there is something wrong with it and I hope it can change some time. It is said that "A man always value what he really lacks ". Now think critically, the great being annoyed of my teacher, is possibly for he has already lacked of the respect by students or he has already recongized the sad present circumstances?)

    - Fiona Chow



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