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A comparative study on family education in American and China
In twenty-first century, economy develops rapidly and everything is renewed, also countries are competing with each other. Just as the proverb says “Science is the first productivity” and the education is the source of science. In education system, family, as the cell of society, is the first place that children receive education and the first unit that the children get in touch with the society. That’s to say, in a person’s life, family is the first school and parents are children’s first teachers. Nowadays, increasing attention has been paid to family education by the modern society, and it gets a hot spot of society, which is closely related to tens of thousands of families' vital benefits and urgent needs. As we all know, for many reasons, different countries have different family educations and they all have their own features. In this paper, I'd like to make a comparison between Chinese and American family education system to see their similarities and differences, and from the comparison, maybe we can learn from each other better and improve the abilities of children. To start with, we will see the similarities between both countries’ family educations .They are focusing on the good future of children, hoping children could adapt to the society, use their own ability to make a great contribution to the world and realize their dreams. Then, they both have a long history, although competing with Chinese history, American history is a little short, but also has a bright culture and its some aspects are reflected on the family education. In addition, they both take a good attention to family education, which is one of the reasons why children are more noticed in this world and family education is becoming more and more important. Different places have different culture, and different culture could affect different people, every culture has its own features. So it is clear that China and America have many differences in family education. Firstly , their education methods are different. The teachers in China repeat what the books say and imbue the children with it. They emphasize memorizing. That is to say, the child receives the knowledge .The west emphasizes the child’s “power of

understanding”. They lead the children to explore by themselves, go to the nature and seek the knowledge from life. Secondly, the aims of family education are different .In American, the aim is to train children to be a person who could adapt the society and has the independent ability to survive. So children would have less pressure and have their own space when they are young. However, in China, the aim is to train children to be a person, who would get a good job and have a good future. Parents focus too much on their score but not their abilities to survive in the society. Thirdly, family education between China and America in concept has a big difference. In China, many parents only care about whether the children have a promising future, a good job, a good life or not. Based on these expectations, the majority of parents feel that their responsibility for their children is to create as better conditions as possible they can so that the children will not worry about anything in the future. However, in American, parents believe that children should learn to be independent and rely on themselves instead of parents, so they regard children as friends and communicate with them more constantly. Furthermore, different economic also affect the education .We know that American is a developed country and it has an advanced productivity. People in American suffer less pressure and have many choices. While China has a large population and the economy is poor, what is worse, most of Chinese are from countryside, getting further education is the only way to change the family’s fortune. Last but not the least, the different historical backgrounds also play a role in education. American is a country with different immigrants; its culture is influence by many other cultures, so it is easy for them to accept new ideas and is better at practice. While Chinese are conservative, so they lack the spirit of adventure and sensitive to the new things. The family education between China and America is different in many aspects because of the different education concepts, aims and so on. We have to acknowledge that we Chinese education is not so good as the western in some aspects .Here are the suggestions. For one thing, Chinese parents should train children to be independent, self-support. We

parents should not just take care about the score, but also their interest and hobbies. For another, Children should learn more abilities and be more responsible to the society .All in all; we should reject the dross and absorb the cream of western family education so that we can advance the family education in an even better fashion.




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