1 At the tender age of 13 or 14, children are selected and pushed into examination classes which will effectively decide their futures.
2 Then, at the age in their lives when most of them are least receptive to learning, they are forced to sit exams where the penalties for failure are as final as death sentence.
3 The system that exists today is certainly harmful to our children and therefore must be changed.
4 Children complain that their classes are boring, their textbooks are boring, and their teachers are boring. However, the voice of the children is rarely heard; and all too often, when they have to write, they simply write what they know the teacher wants to read.
5 For admission to any university degree course, a student has to pass qualifying examinations. In Britain, there are not enough places for all secondary school students, so these qualifying examinations are highly competitive.
Welcome to the Program of “Chinese as a Foreign Language”. We are glad to see that a worldwide interest in Chinese is increasing at an accelerating tempo.
Considering that Chinese has the largest number of speakers in the world and the greatest time depth in its literature, this interest is long overdue.
In a sense, Chinese is a very old language, with its earliest writings dating back nearly four thousand years.
I doubt that children under this compulsory system will actually learn anything beneficial for the country and for themselves. I don’t believe they will become very creative citizens.
The US MBA model consisted of a two-year program. Students were able to take an internship in the summer months between years one and two. In the first year compulsory classes taught core business disciplines such as finance,marketing,general management,operations management and accountancy.
accelerating ：adj. 促进的，[物] 加速的;催化的
compulsory ：adj. 义务的;必修的;被强制的 n. (花样滑冰、竞技体操等的)规定动作
disciplines：n. [管理] 纪律(discipline的复数);科目 v. 训导;使有纪律(discipline的单三形式)