china: ed reform & homeschoolers

Horse and Groom, handscroll after Li Gonglin b...
Horse and Groom, handscroll after Li Gonglin by Zhao Yong, China, Yuan dynasty, 1347, Freer Gallery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
An article by Yong Zhao discusses how China wants to move past an education system that emphasizes rote learning and extensive testing. Zhao has written before about how ed reform wants to change aspects of US education that are admired by other countries, like China. Zhao also mentions a Chinese homeschooling association.
  Reforming Chinese Education: What China Is Trying to Learn from America | Solutions:
The aim is to quickly transform a low-level manufacturing economy into one based on knowledge. But a well-educated workforce does not mean simply more years in school, or more testing—as China’s history of training innovators shows. There is currently a surplus of college graduates unable to find work in innovative but elite private firms or oversubscribed government agencies. Meanwhile, the Chinese service industry, the mainstay of the U.S. economy, remains tiny. Unlocking the potential of that industry is going to take a radical overhaul of how the Chinese think about education.
"Homeschooling in China 
Mr. Xu Xuejin, a 39-year-old owner of an international trade firm who retired to homeschool his children in 2009 is behind a controversial national movement in basic education. In December 2010 Mr. Xu established the China Homeschooling Association, which now has nearly 4,000 registered members and its website receives over 200,000 visits daily.10 Homeschooling was unheard of just a few years ago but has become a growing trend that is spreading fast in China.11 The reason behind this movement is widespread dissatisfaction with the test-driven education system that places a heavy burden on students. Although homeschooling in itself is not necessarily a solution, it represents a grassroots movement to seek alternative forms of education, which in turn could drive the Chinese government to loosen control over the school curriculum and hasten the reforms it has been pushing."     via Blog this'
This House Believes in Homeschooling - Caixin Online
"Yao Jinghai, an English teacher at the New Oriental School of Jiangsu Province's Yangzhou City opted for homeschooling when his daughter began first grade. "My daughter didn't have many chances to participate in a large class," said Yao, adding that he noticed she had particular needs that weren't being addressed. Compared to her classmates, she excelled at math but required more time on handwriting.

Two years later, Yao says several of his friends also began to homeschool their children after seeing improvements in his daughter. Like many homeschool parents, Yao develop
ed a curriculum based on popular school textbooks and online education materials. Working as a team with his wife, Yao says the method of study is guided primarily by his daughter's own interest in subjects.

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