How do you think about China 3

5 things that are different in Chinese schools

  • The classroom

    The biggest difference in the classrooms is that they are designed for a lot more students. With a total of around 2,800 students, the average class size is 50. The students form groups of six in which they can score points in class. Every week the places are rotated so that the groups are reshuffled. The most important equipment in the classroom is the screen, as almost every lesson is carried out using a Powerpoint presentation on one's own laptop. Apart from that, the blackboard is used as a medium. For me, a major difference between the classrooms is that they are designed to be very open. The door is usually open when teaching and there are always open windows facing the corridor. Every day a teacher has the task of patrolling the school and making sure that his colleagues are on time and prepared for class.

  • The school policy

    Every child between the ages of 6 and 14 in a Chinese school is automatically a Young pioneer of the Communist Youth League. This is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Youth Association, which trains and prepares the party's junior members. The distinguishing mark of the Young Pioneers is the red scarf that primary school students have to wear at my school. Red songs, marches or Mao verses are practiced together. The association of each school is divided into brigades, squadrons and groups, so that the young pioneers have different tasks. For example, a group of elementary school students who have proven to be good young pioneers are allowed to recite Mao while the flag is hoisted on Monday morning. The Young Pioneers' motto is, “Always be ready to fight for the communist cause.” To date, there is no real “demmaoification” in Chinese schools, so the ideas of the “Great Chairman” are still being taught and honored.

  • Extra-curricular offers

    Due to the fact that the Shifeng Foreign Language School is a boarding school, there are accordingly many offers after class. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, for example, groups such as paper cutting, Chinese opera, dragon dance, film, calligraphy, sports and much more are offered. My German club is also one of these groups. Otherwise everyday school life is loosened up by celebrating small festivities such as the Lantern Festival or recently Halloween.

  • Dress code (students & teachers)

    In most Chinese schools, including mine, school uniforms are compulsory. You will be in China too xiaofo called and usually look like a jogging suit, as sport is done every day. They also have a second set for official occasions. The teachers also have an unwritten dress code. In principle, the female teachers at my school in particular dress very chic. If there are special events, I am formally required to wear adequate clothing such as a dress and high heels. In principle at my school: By Chinese standards, showing a lot of legs is okay, but the neckline should always be covered.

  • Rituals

    In my opinion, there are far more rituals at a Chinese school than at a German one. As already mentioned, on the one hand politics and thus also national pride occupy a large place in everyday school life. The Chinese flag is therefore hoisted every Monday accompanied by the national anthem in the presence of all students. This is often followed by morning exercises, which consist of marching, dancing and saluting. In addition, they run for 10 minutes twice a day. After the morning class there is an eye exercise that the students have to do under supervision in the classroom. At lunchtime it is mandatory to sleep: During the two-hour lunch break, you eat and also take a nap under supervision in the classroom.

    The students themselves, however, differ very little from the Germans. Here I also have a colorful variety from class clowns to quiet bookworms in my classes. The Chinese students only have one thing in common: In general, they are all very nice students :-).