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ERIC Number: ED427100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Pages: 18
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State Schooling and Ethnicity in China: The Rise or Demise of Multiculturalism?
Postiglione, Gerard A.
The education of ethnic minorities in China is explored, addressing issues that relate to state schooling, ethnicity, and development. Minority religions, which traditionally provided much of the education outside of the family, are tolerated increasingly officially, but not really recognized in state schooling. Language is another major challenge related to ethnic minority culture and schooling. There is a strong national call to use Chinese as the main medium in instruction, but in many cases efforts are being made to educate in minority languages. Although the provision of education for ethnic minorities has been increasing, most minorities are below the national average at all levels. This is especially true for women. The gap between minority achievement and that of the large Han group is also especially apparent in higher education. Since 1980, measures have been taken to increase the participation of minorities in higher education, but much remains to be done. A look at Tibet illustrates many of the problems in minority education in China. So far, the diversity that exists in China does not appear to be fully reflected in the content of schooling, and this is even more apparent in predominantly Han Chinese schools, where there seems to be little sensitivity to minority cultures. Curricula that reflect the cultural diversity of China might increase understanding among ethnic groups and help conserve minority cultures. (Contains 59 endnotes.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China