Citizenship Education in China: Preparing Citizens for the by Kerry J. Kennedy, Gregory Fairbrother, Zhenzhou Zhao

By Kerry J. Kennedy, Gregory Fairbrother, Zhenzhou Zhao

There's a flourishing literature on citizenship schooling in China that's more often than not unknown within the West. Liberal political theorists frequently suppose that purely in democracy may still voters be ready for his or her destiny tasks, but citizenship schooling in China has gone through a couple of modifications because the political approach has sought to deal with industry reforms, globalization and pressures either externally and in the state for broader political reforms. during the last decade, chinese language students were suffering for authentic popularity of citizenship schooling as a key element of the varsity curriculum in those altering contexts. This ebook analyzes the citizenship schooling concerns lower than dialogue inside China, and goals to supply a voice for its students at a time while China’s overseas function is changing into more and more vital.

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In 1919, the China Education Improvement Society proposed the preparation of teaching materials and teaching plans for civic education. In early July 1922, the China Education Improvement Society held its fi rst annual meeting in Jinan. At the meeting, a group was formed to discuss matters related to civic education. The Civic Education Research Committee, led by the Civic Education Sub-committee, was formed, and Cheng Xiangfan was elected chairman. The mission of the Civic Education Research Committee was to “study the purpose, teaching materials, teaching methods and implementation approaches for civic education” (“Minutes of the Group Meeting of the Eighth Civic Education Group at the First Annual Meeting of China Education Improvement Society” 1924, p.

It brought about substantial changes in public lifestyles and the family, a renewal of folk customs, and the vernacular literature movement, all of which lent significant momentum to the raising of civic awareness. Third, with the popularisation of civic education in schools, the citizen curriculum was incorporated into the school educational system as a subject National Character and Chinese Civic Education 39 for the fi rst time. During this period, civic education included ideological elements and was in line with international civic education.

Fairbrother representatives and servants of the emperor, local magistrates were also seen and labelled as “father/mother officials” (fumuguan) in relation to their children, the people of the communities they served. It was their ideological and moral duty to demonstrate their love and concern for the people and to protect them as they would protect their own children. State protection came in various forms, all of which could be said to contribute to an overall protective environment of social order and stability.

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