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Educational Systems in the U.S. and China
An analysis and comparison of the educational systems in the United States of America and China.
# 152949 | 1,388 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 01, 2013 in Education (General) , Asian Studies (General)

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The paper examines the educational structure in the United States and compares it to the Chinese system of education, finding that the Chinese system is highly centralized and undemocratic, whereas the system in the United States is largely decentralized and not abundantly responsive to the national standards and requirements that have been put into place. The paper considers the lessons that can be learned from the Chinese educational system and applied to the educational system in the United States while still keeping the freedoms to which the states are entitled by the Constitution.

Educational Structure in the United States
A Comparison of Education in the United States and China
Suggestions for Improving the US Educational System

From the Paper:

"According to the United States Constitution, the primary responsibility for providing an education to the nation's children resides with the individual states, and not with the federal government (USDoE, pp. 1). This fact is also clearly represented in the breakdown of the different funding sources for public elementary and secondary schools in the United States; in the 2004-05 school year, forty-five percent of school funding came from state governments, thirty-seven percent came from local governments, and only eight percent came from the federal government's supplementary programs (USDoE, pp. 2). It is not only the funding of education that is left up to the several individual states, but there is also a great deal of variation in how the states and even the specific localities within the separate states develop standards and create and implement educational programs to meet those standards (Trelfa; USNIE). This demonstrates the great deal of autonomy that is afforded to each state in making its own educational choices as well as the ability for each state to grant a similar level of autonomy to the cities, counties, and other governmental jurisdictions that operate independent school districts within their borders (Trelfa, pars. 7-12)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • China Education and Research Network. "Education System in China." Accessed 2 November 2010.
  • "What We Do." Accessed 2 November 2010.
  • TeachingTips. "25 Surprising Facts About China's Education System." Accessed 2 November 2010.
  • Trelfa, Douglas. "Individual Differences and the US Education System." from The Educational System in the United States, 1999. Accessed 2 November 2010.
  • US Department of Education. "10 Facts about K-12 Education Funding." Washington, D.C., 2005.

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