Private Education in Modern China by Peng DengPrivate Education in Modern China by Peng Deng

Private Education in Modern China

byPeng Deng

Hardcover | September 1, 1997

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Drawing on an abundance of primary sources as well as on the author's extensive personal experience in the Chinese school system, this book examines the evolution of non-governmental schools in China between 1895 and 1995. The author begins with an overview of private education in pre-modern China, and discusses the growth of modern private schools in the past century as part of the Chinese people's struggle for national survival. He argues that even though the government since the Late Qing period has placed a premium on education, the government never had enough resources, and private schools filled the gap. The author maintains that the disappearance of private schools in China in the 1950s was a casualty of the Chinese revolution. In the post-Mao era, private schools re-emerged when the nation underwent some very fundamental social and economic transformations. Being part of China's burgeoning market economy, private education has not been immune to various problems. Nevertheless, the author argues that it is private education in the 1950s that has spearheaded China's educational reform.
Title:Private Education in Modern ChinaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.59 × 6.35 × 0.82 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275956393

ISBN - 13:9780275956394

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?Peng Deng presents a particularly interesting examination of the socio-political changes that have occurred in modern China through the eyes of its private schools. The privatization of Chinese schools is indicative of China's current market reform movement. These schools, so many of them proprietary in nature, also symbolized the inherent dichotomies that the current economic reforms are producing in China; rural and urban educational inequities, the emergence of social class and regional divisions, and the creation of an educated elite catering to a Western cultural outlook amidst the mass of Chinese still tied to centuries of tradition. Dr. Deng's book provides its readers with an important historical context to understand these emerging dichotomies...the book is well documented, interesting, and highly readable. In short, Dr. Deng's study is quite valuable and fills an important void in the scholarship of modern China.?-Asian Thought and Society