There are a number of benefits to using online learning to increase students’ proficiency in course subjects—starting from the students who utilize it to their teachers to the administrators. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, only about 24 percent of students who completed high school have enrolled in two- or more technical colleges in the past five years.
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But we’re starting to see an even split between online and offline students in China. As the number of adult students in China increases, one demographic is increasingly displacing the other.
The explosion of population has made online learning more popular, especially since the compulsory school years. The government’s attempt to fulfill the demand for quality education with targeted courses has led to a wave of new entrants to the classroom, putting the struggle for the best education system between individual schools and the government.
Along with price and time constraints, the fluctuating Chinese economy has made online education a popular option. But in doing so, they have created a large gender disparity between male and female students.
The gender divide has been hard to escape for students — from teachers to students — who often have difficulty sharing a common language.
While female students account for 59 percent of the internet population in China, only 47 percent of students are female.
In a 2016 study, When Does Female Education Emerge? US Online Classroom Enrollment, the divide was seen even more starkly. Seventy-nine percent of male teachers were black or of mixed race, but only 22 percent of female teachers were.
So what can we learn from this disparity?
To understand why it’s not balanced, we must first understand the culture that underlies China’s education systems.
Established in the 17th century, China is a proud country that has held onto traditions and a traditional, autocratic system of government.
Democracies generally fall under the assumption that like-minded citizens should enjoy equal rights — yet the disparity between Chinese classrooms is clear.
Democracies tend to come from a common faith: In China, however, there is a significant distinction between Chinese culture and capitalist ones, which have invaded Asia for centuries.
The Chinese Communist Party has been in power since 1949 and has sought to establish the principles of the party as a moral standard for all Chinese.
Education is a priority for the communist government. The party, which shares the same name as the education ministry, establishes curriculum and test scores to gauge university ranking and to guarantee a brighter future for all citizens. In 1962, the Nationalization of Education Act was enacted, creating a unified education system where standardised practice was promoted.
Differentiating between the genders is even more critical in a country where cultural expectations dictate students should be blameless, although men and women have equal access to education.
But to close the gap between male and female students, it makes sense to find balance in both genders having similar access to education.
The educational systems provide a gateway to the marketplace of ideas and instils a culture of equality and respect, which ultimately affects how people relate to each other.
It is therefore important that levels of education are balanced, so that both genders have the opportunity to share their ideologies within the same educational system.
This was the basis for universal education, which was first implemented in 1907. Laws were established that required all students to participate in compulsory education, unless their parents could prove them incapable of education. The changes eventually instilled in the curriculum a goal to instill an individualistic mindset.
Social values and values related to education — both how and what students should achieve—are not as well structured in China, which is why more middle- and upper-class students are transitioning into the classroom.
Beijing has made changes, such as requiring all schools to have independent faculty-student ratios to promote a gender balance. Traditional schools and academies are starting to use syllabi that cater to the requirements of middle- and upper-class students, which reduces the geographic disincentive to the country’s most popular online platforms.
These changes have helped reduce the gender divide in primary and middle school education. As parents can now better gauge a student’s ability to study, they have less of a hesitation to invest in their children’s education and put aside their own interests for their child’s future.
As China’s economy continues to change, though, how it structures its education system to reflect the new needs of the economy is becoming a growing concern.
Online learning environments, in particular, will have to take this into account. Today, there is no place for competition or the success of children to get in the way of the power of education.
China has done more than just release their own children into the digital sphere; they have set a lot of business expectations that should be good for both the school and the student to adhere to in the digital age.