Some Arguments on the Phenomenon of Expense on Choosing School in China
Topic: Some Arguments on the Phenomenon of Expense on Choosing School in China
Speaker: Professor Mei Yang from Southwest University, visiting scholar at Center on Chinese Education, Teachers College Columbia University.
Time: 1.00 pm -2.30pm on Nov 8th, 2010 (Monday).
Location: GDH 535, Teachers College
School choice is a hot topic in China. In this lecture, Professor Yang has share her views on expanding school choice in China. The two research questions are: Do Chinese parents have right to choose public schools for their children? Should the Chinese parents be charged for expense by the schools as they perform the right of educational option?
First, she believes that the existence of school choice in China is logical and reasonable. The parents/students should have the right to choose schools given the limited resources and unbalance school quality in China's basic education. However, for the second question, she argues that the existence of the expense on choosing school is quite unreasonable. One of her reasons for her argument is that the expense on school choice will make the poor lose the right of choosing school, which further means the poor have no chance to attend the key schools. A second reason lies in that the expense on choosing school will deepen the unbalance of educational development.