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Teaching in the American Classroom

Column 1 Goals of American Schooling (list & describe) Column 2 Goals of Chinese Schooling (list & describe)
Local control of the schools All schools have different curricular focus. American schools embrace curricula, instructional plans, and extracurricular programs that are particular to a given community, area, or town. The lack of a national education ministry means that the decisions, activities, and polices of every school are determined by the state Department of Education (Schrier 230).             Centralized ministry of education. The program, curriculum and systems of operations are all formulated by a central body.
Open access to education American educational system tries to accommodate nearly all students without discrimination based on their performance. The education system strives to ensure that as many learners as possible are enrolled in different schools and colleges within the country (Schrier 228).             Access to education is based on performance and availability of finances. Different kinds of schools charge different fees that impact their accessibility
Universal literacy The goal of the American educational system is to have a society that is completely literate. Every state in the country have laws that compel young persons to attend school.         Education is encouraged in any given population. However, there are no stringent measures put in place to ensure every young person is in school. This circumstance explains the many cases of school-drop outs in Chinese communities
The ideology of the involvement of parents in the education of the child The American system of education requires parents to be involved in the education of the child. The child’s caretakers are expected to build relationships with the teachers and work with them to ensure that any potential challenges are addressed             The education and learning of the child is mostly left for the teachers. Even though parents may sometime visit the school, they rarely build relationships with the teachers or work with them to support the attainment of the child’s learning goals (Wang 71)
Learning is viewed as a productive activity Americans believe that acquisition of knowledge is a continuous process. There are a number of things that are unknown and have not been invented. In this sense, the educational system focuses on teaching the learners experimentation, analysis, and synthesis skills so that they will be able to discover and acquire knowledge continuously and independently.              Learning is viewed as a receptive system that entails the memorization of information conveyed by the teacher. Students in this setting are not taught the skills for experimentation or exploration to warrant their independent in the knowledge discovery process. This approach explains why the issues of questioning the teacher are unlikely to arise.
Developing well-rounded people   The American system of education focuses on developing individuals who are familiar with different disciplines. Even though one may be more qualified in a specific discipline, knowledge of other disciplines is also encouraged. Specialization is a specific area of knowledge that comes at later stages of life                 Students are given a chance to have basic knowledge in different disciplines. However, specialization comes at the high school level preventing learners from having adequate information on all the disciplines
What types of students does American education create? (in general)   The American system of education creates highly independent and innovative students. The students are focused and familiar with their strengths and weakness. Thus, they know their area of specialization                   What types of students does Chinese education create? (in general)   The Chinese system of education releases dependent and uncreative students who are majorly focused on mastering information instead of discovering new ideas and knowledge. Chinese students do not understand their strengths and are thus willing to specialize in any field. Their specialization is driven by the perceived benefits of the discipline as opposed to their skills.    
What strategies may work with American students?   Promoting research and development in the education system enhances the creativity of the student. Brainstorming in classrooms can be employed to promote sharing of ideas and is essential in any innovation                       Do you agree with this assessment of Chinese & American schooling? Yes, the assessment portrays the differences in the two educational settings accurately. It is observed that most American students are involved in research or inventions focused on discovery of new products and ideas. Moreover, most innovations and technologies arise from the region, justifying the ability of the educational system to release creative persons. On the other hand, the Chinese are mostly focused on mass production of what is already known, portraying their educational system as receptive.

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