Chinese Education
By: Ben Wagner
China made some very big changes in their education system between the years of 1950 and 1980. Since 1949, people have been reeducated in China. This was when the government of China basically tried to brainwash their everyone that was well-educated in the country by making them learn false ideas. After this was put to a stop, many people from China started to attend very prestigious schools. By 1970, all of the education ideas in China had changed for the better of the people.
During the Cultural Revolution, China tried to change its culture, hence the name. one of the things that China tried to
A picture of what the Mountain in Seamstress would look like.
do was educate everyone equally, but in a strong sense, the government was brainwashing the people of China. Basically put, the smarter people in the cities were sent out to the countryside to learn what the government wanted them to know, and nothing else. These people were lead to believe that everything else that they ever learned was false. The only thing that the government was trying to do, however, was trying to prevent the western ideas from getting into China.
During the early stages of the Cultural Revolution, tens of thousands of college students joined Red Guard organizations, effectively
A picture of the Red Guards
closing down the higher education system. In general, when universities reopened in the early 1970s, enrollments were reduced from pre-Cultural Revolution levels. Political connections became increasingly important in securing the recommendations and political dossiers necessary to qualify for university admission. As a result, the decline in educational quality was profound. Deng Xiaoping reportedly wrote Mao Zedong in 1975 that university graduates were "not even capable of reading a book" in their own fields when they left the university. University faculty and administrators, moreover, were demoralized by what they faced.
After 1976, steps were taken to improve educational quality by establishing order and stability. This pr
Mao and Luo from "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress".
Mao and Luo from "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress".
essure to maintain quality and minimize expenses led to efforts both to run existing schools more efficiently and to develop other college and university programs. As a result, labor colleges for training agro-technicians and factory-run colleges for providing technical education for workers were established. In addition, eighty-eight institutions and key universities were provided with special funding, top students and faculty members, and other support, and they recruited the most academically qualified students without regard to family background or political activism.
Higher education institutions also were assigned a greater role in running inter-regional and inter-departmental schools. Within their budgets, universities secured more freedom to allocate funds as they saw fit and to use income from tuition and technical and advisory services for their own development, including collective welfare and bonuses.
China had some major changes in their education from about 1950- 1980. Starting at reeducation and ending with much of the population going to college. Many people from China started to attend very prestigious schools. By 1970, all of the education ideas in China had changed for the better of the people.

Works Cited
"The Cultural Revoultion." 10 Mar. 2009 <>.
"Reeducation Through Labor in China." 10 Mar. 2009 <>.

Reeducation Center.(Online Image) Avaiable , March 13,2009

Mao and Luo.(Online Image) Avaiable 2004/07/

Red Guards.(Online Image) Avaiable, March 13, 2009.