Education Under Mao

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In Education Under Mao, an in-depth analysis of modern Chinese education, Jonathan Unger not only probes the policy issues and the nature of the debate between "Maoists" and modernizers but also shows, more concretely, how schools were organized, the changing attitudes and goals of students, and the tensions that permeated the schools. Unger focuses on Canton's schools through two tumultuous decades, and his rich factual presentation brings to life both the Chinese school system and its social milieu.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231052993
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1982
  • Series: Studies of the East Asian Institute
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 0.73 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionI. The Sixties: Impending Crisis1. Up the School Ladder2. The Senior High School Bulge and Dwindling Career Openings3. Flawed Reforms: Rural and Urban Alternatives to the Regular Ladder4. Memorization and Tests5. Student Ideals and Competition: The Gathering Storm6. The Cultural RevolutionII. After the Cultural Revolution: The Disastrous Leap Into a New School System7. Back to School, 1968-19708. Down to the Countryside9. Troubled Schools, 1970-197610. The Fight Over Higher EducationEpilogue: The Return of the Old Order, 1977-1980Appendix A: The Debates Over TalentAppendix B: The Upper Reaches of the Pre-Cultural Revolution Ladder: Into and Out of the UniversitiesAppendix C: The Course Curricula and Daily Schedules of High Schools Before and After the Cultural RevolutionSources and Abbreviations Used in NotesNotesFor Further ReadingIndex

Columbia University Press

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