From hours spent in class, to lesson structure and break times, formal education in China is worlds apart from that in America. The chasm is not only caused by physical miles involved, but also the native variable cultures and traditions between the two countries. We’ve learned that there’s no reason to force American educational system ‘norms’ on Chinese students, as that can lead to high drop-out rates and low attendance.
Instead, American teachers, whether working overseas or teaching online, can try to fold some of China’s customs into their curriculum. Students will appreciate the connection, and teachers will notice regular attendance and deeper engagement.
We’ve compiled a list of some behavioural differences in the Chinese education ecosystems, and how American teachers can best work with their new students.