There used to be private schools in Shanghai, China that provided classes, which taught children how to adjust to attending college in foreign nations.
Shanghai is a coastal city in East China that is considered to be a financial hub for the nation and its gateway to the world. However, the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (SMEC) has successfully closed the city’s educational gateway to the world for school children.
The SMEC has done this by restricting all curriculum components, which teach international studies. According to the New York Times, Late last year, the SMEC took swift and deliberate action towards achieving its goal of eliminating foreign influence on Shanghai’s school children.
Karoline Kan, a columnist for The Times wrote the following in a recent article, which thoroughly detailed the SMEC’s new education policy:
“The [SMEC] said that under the proposed regulations the authorities would no longer approve the establishment of any new private schools with “foreign influence” and would “bar foreign investment in private schools.” School curriculums would be monitored to ensure that they “uphold national sovereignty and ideology.” Private schools could not be named after foreigners (NYTimes.com).”
The curriculum restrictions that were enforced late last year by the SMEC affect school children in grades 1-to-9. The only schools that were not affected by the new SMEC restrictions were the state-sponsored international schools. In these institutions, classes are solely attended by foreign students.
Jiang Xueqin, a researcher in Beijing for the Harvard University Global Education Innovation Initiative conducted an interview with The Times to express why he feels the SMEC has went forth with its restrictions. In Xuegin’s opinion, these rules reflect China’s national stance on political orthodoxy.
“The government has maintained tight ideological control over the universities, and high schools are entirely focused on test preparation, but there has been room for innovation in the grades 1-to-9 system,” Xuegin told The Times.
“As the Chinese economy slows and instability grows, the government wants to ensure maximum control in the classroom,” he continued.
According to the China Christian Daily newspaper, the governmental restrictions going on in many Chinese cities is influencing parents to adopt home-schooling as a method of educating their children. The home-school option is legal in China and workshops are available to parents who want to learn how to do it.