The Education Gap

At this conference we’ve been discussing some of the recent studies about the massive gap between rural and urban education. For example: Urban children are 6.3 times more likely to attend college than their rural counterparts, and when rural children do go on for further studies it is usually a 2 or 3 year program.

For us to get further into these problems, I think its important to take some time to review past posts about Education in China, since there is a lot of background information necessary to frame the topic of this conference. Then over these next few days we’ll be looking at just how serious this gap is, and why it is not as depressing as it might seem at first.

Student Lives:

In the classroom:

Going Abroad:

About T

I have been working in China for nearly five years now. I have traveled to more than 30 cities and towns, and have lived in 3 provinces. I am interested in issues concerning development in China and the rest of the world. I hope to provide a balanced look at some of the issues facing China as it continues its rise to power.
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2 Responses to The Education Gap

  1. The Calculated Adventurist says:

    Looking forward to reading all of these…before, I had only partially understood the Chinese view of education from the US university perspective. Living in Beijing showed me what Chinese students go through to have the opportunity to go abroad. Thanks for all the info!

  2. I think the education gap is present in most countries. For example, if a study is done with students from Texas it’s likely that city dwellers are much more likely to go to college than students from rural areas. It’s just more noticeable in China due to the wealth gap.

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