The author is an Israelite who spent herchildhood in China. After she
divorced, she decided to take her two sons and one daughter to Israel to
find the Israelite secrets of educating children because she didn’t want
to be a failed mother. Nowadays, she has realized her dream and become a
successful mother. Her sons have both achieved their goalsand became
millionaires and her daughter is on the way to become a diplomat. In
this book, the author compares Israelite family education with Chinese
and illuminate the Israelite methods of teaching in detail.
Part1: Chinese parents wrong thoughts about education
China’s yuppies want schools to be more laid-back
Try a Waldorf
Oct 12th 2017 | CHENGDU
salad days: old-fashioned the time of your life when you are
young and not very experienced
yuppie: A yuppie is a young person who has a well-paid job and
likes to show that they have a lot of money by buying expensive things
and living in an expensive way.
laid-back: informal calm and relaxed; seeming not to worry about
e.g. a laid-back attitude to life
- WITH a postgraduate degree in literature, Ruby Li has ridden
China’s education system almost to the top. Now a mother-of-two
living in Chengdu, a city in the south-west, she hopes to spare
her children the high pressure and long hours of homework that she
endured at their age. Some years ago Ms Li and her husband, a
businessman, moved their elder son from a conventional kindergarten
to another one that uses less formal and rigid methods of teaching.
She says that since then he has been happier and healthier, and
their home life more harmonious, too.
spare: If you spare someone an unpleasant experience, you prevent
them from suffering it.
e.g. The policy has not spared the farming community from severe
从那时起, 他变得更快乐、更健康, 他们的家庭生活也更加和谐。
Ms Li is among the well-heeled parents who send their children
to Chengdu Waldorf School, a fee-paying institution inspired by the
quirky philosophies of Rudolf Steiner, an early-20th-century
Austrian educationalist. The school (pictured) aims to teach in
creative ways, says Zhang Li, one of its founders. That means plenty
of music, storytelling and play. The campus is scruffy but
cheerful, boasting an ink-stained calligraphy studio and a wall
daubed with stone-age cave paintings (the result of a class art
project). At going-home-time three small children clamber around
in the branches of a tree.
well-heeled: informal rich
boast: If someone or something can boast a particular achievement
or possession, they have achieved or possess that
- e.g. The houses will boast the latest energy-saving
e.g. Frommen says his country boasts a healthy
The stellar performance of children in China’s richest cities in
international tests of ability in maths, science and reading has
lent the country’s education system a glossy sheen abroad.
But feelings are mixed in China, where parents fret that state
schools are too competitive, that the exam culture is too stressful
and that curriculums favour cramming over creativity. One result
of this is a steady leak of pupils out of the state sector and into
private schools that drill for entry into foreign universities.
Another trend is the rise of schools that use less structured
approaches to teaching than commonly found in mainstream ones. Sun
Yifan, a researcher at the University of Cambridge, says such
progressive schools are burgeoning “like bamboo shoots in
stellar: especially AmE extremely good
e.g. the company’s stellar growth
注：走红可以说go stellar（英国英语常见），比如：if a pop band,
actor etc goes stellar, they become very popular and famous
lend: If something lends a particular quality to something else,
it adds that quality to it. 平添；增添；赋予
drill: to teach sb to do sth by making them repeat it a lot of
e.g. The children were drilled to leave the classroom quickly when
the fire bell rang.
burgeon: If something burgeons, it grows or develops rapidly.
e.g. My confidence began to burgeon later in
Waldorf schools are one example. The one in Chengdu opened in 2004,
the first in China to use that name. It teaches about 500 pupils
from kindergarten through to senior high (between the ages of three
and 18). Another 70 or so Waldorfs are sprinkled across China’s
other big cities. Their free-spirited style of teaching is similar
to that of Montessori schools (of which China now has at least 900
at the kindergarten level, and perhaps many more). It is unlikely
that many Waldorf parents fully understand Steiner’s theories about
“spiritual science”, let alone his mystical approach to agriculture.
But Ms Sun says they hear echoes in them of traditional Chinese
philosophy, to which some people in China are far better
sprinkle: If something is sprinkled with particular things, it has
a few of them throughout it and they are far apart from each other.
e.g. Unfortunately, the text is sprinkled with
echo: A detail or feature which reminds you of something else can
be referred to as an echo .相似之处;再现
e.g. The accident has echoes of past
attuned: If you are attuned to something, you can understand and
Another fad is for education that is directly inspired by
ancient Chinese culture, often delivered by small schools in the
countryside that offer instruction in subjects such as archery,
traditional medicine and Confucianism. Some have only a handful of
full-time students, but also run popular workshops and summer
schools. (Not all their patrons want touchy-feely education:
at the far fringes of this movement are schools that require
students to do little besides memorising classical literary and
philosophical texts, as their ancestors might once have done.)
touchy-feely: If you describe something as touchy-feely, you mean
that it involves people expressing emotions such as love and affection
openly in a way which you find embarrassing and silly.
e.g. …a touchy-feely song about making your life worth
fringes: The fringe or the fringes of an activity or organization
are its less important, least typical, or most extreme parts, rather
than its main and central part.
e.g. The party remained on the fringe of the political scene until
A few parents who want to free their children from the state
system’s stifling constraints, but who can find no handy
alternative, are trying home schooling instead. A survey published
this year by the 21st Century Education Research Institute, a
think-tank in China, found only about 6,000 families educating their
children exclusively at home—still a tiny number, but one that is
rising by around one-third each year, the institute reckons.
Rules bent and broken
- The national curriculum, which is compulsory for children in the
first nine years of school (ie, aged between six and 15), allows
some room for experimentation. Primary schools can usually find time
to supplement mandatory material with some of their own choosing,
says Jiang Xueqin, a researcher and consultant. Motivated teachers
can deliver the obligatory stuff in unconventional ways. But some of
the progressive schools pay only lip service to the state’s
curriculum. Some of them obtain government approval to operate as
schools. But others affiliate themselves with licensed schools
to avoid the tricky process of having to get their own permits. Many
smaller institutions get by without official blessing.
If you say that someone pays lip service to an idea, you are
critical of them because they say they are in favour of it, but they
do not do anything to support it.
e.g. Unhappily, he had done no more than pay lip service to their
If you can get by with what you have, you can manage to live or do
things in a satisfactory way.
e.g. Melville managed to get by on a small amount of
blessing: If something is done with someone’s blessing, it is done
with their approval and support.
- Better-off parents appear unfazed by the lack of proper
paperwork for some progressive schools (the Waldorf in Chengdu has
licences for its nursery and primary schools, but the authorities
want it to find a bigger campus before they will issue a permit for
its secondary school). However, some worry about the later years of
their children’s schooling. Parents who want their offspring to
study abroad can safely keep them in progressive schools. Those who
want them to cram for the national entrance exam for
universities in China, or gaokao, often choose to move them back
into conventional schools for that period of study. Few parents want
to take risks with a potentially life-changing test.
Better-off: having more money and possessions
unfazed: not worried or surprised by sth unexpected that happens
e.g. The Prime Minister appeared to be totally unfazed by the
- The government itself sees benefit in having well-educated
youngsters who are self-starting and creative—the kind of people
needed to build a more innovative economy. In the early 2000s it
began encouraging schools to make lessons more lively and textbooks
more varied. Yet the gaokao system continues to give schools a
strong incentive to stuff their students with stodgy facts.
Parents deplore the pressure that the gaokao imposes. But they
also distrust less objective types of assessment, which may be prone
stuff: If you stuff a container or space with something, you fill
it with something or with a quantity of things until it is full
deplore: If you say that you deplore something, you think it is
very wrong or immoral.
1.Good grades=successful life
A lot of Chinese parents do everything for kids such as washing clothes,
making up a bed, even packing the schoolbag so as to save their kids’
time of learning. They think when children graduate from university and
find a good job children will lead happy life since then.
2.Love=give everything they want
It’s often reported that some children threatento kill themselves if
their needs couldn’t be met. It reveals that some parents satisfy their
children’s needs immediately so their children take everything for
3.I do all for the sake of you
Parents tend to make decision for their kids.They help children to
choose school, career and spouse. They believe that children lack
experience and wisdom of making right decisions. When children blame
them they will say that I do all of these just because I love you.
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