Qual­ity not quan­tity of ed­u­ca­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

One of the rea­sons why there are so many sin­gle men and women of mar­riage­able age in to­day’s so­ci­ety is the un­nec­es­sar­ily long school­ing sys­tem, a law maker in Guang­dong prov­ince said re­cently. This seem­ingly true ex­pla­na­tion does not hold wa­ter when looked at care­fully, says an ar­ti­cle in Yangcheng Evening News. Ex­cerpts:

The first thing to bear in mind is that sin­gle peo­ple of mar­riage­able age are mostly so through choice. Some well-ed­u­cated sin­gle men and women of mar­riage­able age might have seemed to have wasted their valu­able youth at school by fail­ing to be­come in­volved in a re­la­tion­ship or mar­riage. But af­ter re­ceiv­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion, they have dif­fer­ent views on mar­riage and love and make the de­ci­sion to re­main sin­gle.

Of course, this nei­ther defends the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem nor supports ar­gu­ments such as “the 12-year school­ing length is in ac­cor­dance with a hu­man’s cog­ni­tive prin­ci­ple” which has been put for­ward by some ex­perts. Peo­ple are con­cerned about the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion rather than the num­ber of years spent on study­ing.

Many peo­ple may give a neg­a­tive an­swer to ques­tions such as what on earth have we learned from pri­mary school to high school and how much of the knowl­edge we learned in univer­sity have we ac­tu­ally ap­plied in later life. As a re­sult, they tend to re­gard go­ing to school as a waste of time and so they sup­port the pro­posal to com­press the length of school­ing.

There­fore, the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem is not to blame for ei­ther the phe­nom­e­non of sin­gles of mar­riage­able age nor the fact that stu­dents fail to adapt to so­ci­ety af­ter grad­u­a­tion. The real cul­prits are the teach­ing method and con­tent. In fact, if the teach­ing con­tent was gen­uinely so use­ful that stu­dents could ap­ply what they have learned at school in so­cial prac­tice rather than rigidly cram­ming knowl­edge, there would be no ques­tion of cut­ting the length of school­ing by one or two years.

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