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Could online classrooms be the answer to teacher shortage in rural China? [Copy link] 中文

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(South China Morning Post) One of the biggest barriers to educating China’s rural poor is finding enough teachers willing to take up jobs in remote and impoverished areas, but a group of tech-savvy teachers in the east of the country say they may have a solution.
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Over the past 4½ years, Wang Fei and her colleagues have incorporated online lessons into their students’ timetables in various subjects including English, which was not previously offered at their middle school.

Students attend the lessons at school, where a projector screen is set up so they can see their teachers and classmates in other schools in real time via an online learning platform. I believe online learning can offer more opportunities for the rural kids. It will be a fair and balanced approach to ensuring equal access to education. What do you think?

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I think it's a great idea.
Only the best will be selected to teach these courses so not only the quantity of students
receiving these courses will increase, the quality of the courses will also increase.
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Post time 2018-1-22 18:49:04 |Display all floors
This is not a new idea. Education by remote means has been used in other countries for many years. There are schools in China already that have developed educational programmes for real-time home study. It is the best solution to the problem of schooling for remote areas and those students who cannot attend a school through disability.
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robert237 Post time: 2018-1-22 18:38
I think it's a great idea.
Only the best will be selected to teach these courses so not only the qua ...

"Great idea"? I am astonished, Robert. I truly am.

It is a dehumanised form of "learning", one in which the human factor is disposed of. Learning without people other than the learners? Where do the young learners learn discipline and social manners?

Who makes sure the young learners actually come to class, actually watch the videos and actually do what they need to do? They might soon engage in vandalism.

It's like Jack Ma's idea of boarding schools for the left-behind children: it's not well thought out. Left-behind children should be reunited with their parents working in a city thousands of kilometers away. the schools in cities need to adapt and the hukou system needs to be modernised.

At their vulnerable young age, these children should be shepherded around by adults, not by robots and videos.

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Post time 2018-1-23 09:25:37 |Display all floors
A proper on-line course will also have a local teacher (perhaps not so expert) to help the students discuss and problem-solve the topics.
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