According to media reports, after a long time of preparation, Xueersi fully entered the Silicon Valley to open a branch school. In October, the pre-exam sprint class for AMC8 will be held first.
AMC refers to the American Mathematical Contest, 8 refers to the 8th grade and below, and 4 years to the American high school. We can simply understand it as our junior high school + elementary school. This should be just the beginning of learning and thinking about the international development strategy. It will never just be a competition training. Mathematical training must be its strategic choice.
Along with the rapid growth of Chinese immigrants, especially new immigrants from the mainland, the training courses of Chinese communities represented by Silicon Valley have risen rapidly, such as the fire of stars, forming a huge off-school training market.
In the gates of many middle and elementary schools in the Silicon Valley Chinese community, training courses organized by Chinese or Koreans are often seen, ranging from mathematics to Chinese, from ACT to SAT, and will make you feel like you are in Huangzhuang, Haidian. A Chinese-speaking training organization I know runs in San Francisco and earns tens of millions of dollars annually.
According to US media reports, primary and secondary school training classes in New York have also grown rapidly in recent years, and the main growth areas are in Flushing and Sunset Park, which is the Chinese community. The Chinese emphasis on education and the prosperity of tutoring classes have brought an unexpected result: the reform of the New York entrance examination policy.
Nine public charter high schools in the New York area (which can be simply understood as the best 9 public high schools) have always adopted the test admission system, that is, the score is the core basis. In recent years, more than 60% of the nine high school freshmen are Asian, with the core being Chinese.
Therefore, one of the important education reform measures proposed by the new Mayor of New York, Barred, is to change the current "unfair" enrollment system, cancel the test admission method, and replace it with the ethnic distribution system. The purpose is to suppress Asians, especially Chinese ethnicity. According to this new policy, the admission rate of Chinese people may be lower than 25%.
Ethnic groups such as Hispanic and Black people represented by Mayor Bai are the supporters of this policy. The reason for opposing the current entrance examination system is: admissions based on scores are the most unfair. Chinese Americans have money and go to tutoring classes. The final exam is high. Among them, the off-campus training classes that have emerged in New York in recent years are not insignificant. This statement is a bit of a feeling for Mr. Zhang Tiesheng during the Cultural Revolution. It seems ridiculous to Chinese people, but it is different in other ethnic groups. This is the United States.
As a listed company, Xueersi will go wherever there is a demand. Therefore, it is only a matter of time to learn and think about the United States. Chinese-American gathering areas around the world such as Canada must also be one of its goals. The basic reason behind this is There is a huge market demand.
In 2002, New Oriental opened a branch campus in Toronto. Chinese people go to English-speaking countries to train English? It sounds ridiculous, but for the same reason, there is demand. Despite being an English-speaking country, our test skills are not enough for us.
Throughout the world, there may not be any ethnic group that values children's education more than the Chinese. One of the manifestations is high requirements. I hope that all the way to famous schools, and the pursuit is often more utilitarian. I attach great importance to various examination contests and let children participate. Various tutoring classes are one of its performances.
In the Chinese community, "vine climbing alliances" abound, and parents are concerned about which school is good, where to buy a house to go to a good school, and another famous teacher from the mainland.
Under the impetus of this culture, tutoring classes have risen wherever Chinese have gone, and school district housing prices have soared. From this perspective, heavy burdens, exam-oriented education, and so on are not a matter of educational philosophy, education system, and admissions system. Wherever Chinese people go, education everywhere seems to be infected.
In other words, no matter what educational philosophy, education system, or admissions system the host country is in, the Chinese will frantically pursue high-quality education. In other words, it's useless to bring the best education system in the world. What should we do?
Therefore, our education problems, even the main ones, are not the problems of our education system and educational philosophy, but are actually cultural and social problems, and they are also related to the stage of our development.
Educational issues are actually a reflection of cultural and social issues. Therefore, when we analyze these educational issues, we cannot and should not put the board on education and the existing education system, let alone based on this shallow understanding. Formulating education reform and governance methods, ignoring our national conditions and culture, especially blindly borrowing from others' so-called advanced things, will not only solve the problem, but will destroy the original balance system and fall into a worse vicious circle.
Governance reduction is one example. The burden on our school was relieved, the school finished at 3:30, and the textbooks continued to be simplified. As a result, out-of-school tutoring classes have emerged across the board. While the burden has not decreased, parents' financial burden has increased significantly. Similarly, for offline extra-curricular tutoring classes, everyone is shifting to the online, and the focus of the relevant departments' fights has to be shifted to the Internet, which is poor to deal with.
Attaching importance to children's education is a good cultural tradition, and the burden on children who pursue excellence must also be heavy. General Secretary Xi has said many times that a happy life comes out of struggle. What does it mean? Definitely not easy.
In the development of 5,000 years of civilization in China, an important culture or quality is hard work. In this world, there is no easy and happy education for a prestigious school, and there is never a precedent for happiness and success. Therefore, it is inevitable that our children will bear more burden than children of other nationalities. One gene that is ahead is something we should be proud of. Why must all children be relaxed?
Based on this basic cultural understanding, we should give some children and parents who have higher pursuits appropriate space and opportunities, instead of one size fits all, chasing and blocking, not allowing more learning, teaching, and participation in competition. This is not conducive to the cultivation of top-notch talents, nor is it in line with Chinese culture. It is also against parents' pursuit of higher education. More importantly, this method of treating the symptoms but not the root causes is futile, and apart from destroying the original balance, there will be no substantial improvement.
Isn't the decades of burden reduction and governance of exam-oriented education a negative example? As the burden decreases, the exam-oriented education becomes more severe. Xiao Shengchu canceled the exam and could not select talents based on the exam. Therefore, the primary school became the hardest hit area for primary and secondary schools. Demonizing and labeling college entrance examinations has a taste of the New York entrance examination. When the test is not the threshold for school, but the method of teaching according to the aptitude, will it really produce the results you want?
I believe learning and thinking will also enter Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the gathering place of every Chinese. Do we still have to go to these countries to save Chinese students in tutorial classes?
Learning and thinking about entering the United States reminded our experts and related departments once again: we need to fully understand our education problems based on our national conditions and culture, and we can only cure the disease with the correct pulse!