Originally posted by intrptr
reply to post by Kashai
I had trouble understanding what you were posting there. I know that since China has come into the modern world, they have changed in their view of peasantry to better inform and educate their people in order to compete in todays marketplace. Simply flooding the worlds markets with made in China goods form automated factories won't work forever.
Since the completion of the Three Gorges Damn project there is increased electrical power available to sell to people who need to go to school so they can earn an education in order to afford all the things all that electricity can power. They will have apartments, computers, air conditioners, and cars that need rent and payments met every month. An education secures the higher paying jobs that will get them all those "fine things" that we in the West have become enslaved to.
So yah, it is in the best interests in the near term for China to educate its people. While we are "dumbing down" our kids here in America to keep them compliant, they are pouring money into higher education for increasing numbers of Chinese students.
Education is required and free for Chinese citizens age 6 to 15 though parents must pay small fees for books and uniforms. Chinese children all get a primary and middle school public education. Each classes averages 35 students. After middle school, parents must pay for public high school though the majority of families in cities can afford the modest fees. In rural parts of China, many students stop their education at age 15.
China’s rural population fell as a proportion of the nation’s total to 50.05 percent in 2010 from 81 percent in 1979, as reform fueled a more than 90-fold increase in the economy during that time. During the first three decades of Communist Party rule, that proportion declined by less than 9 percentage points from 89.36 percent in 1949.
31 years ago it was 81% meaning that while there is an increase of 30%, only 31 years have past and in relation to the one child law? It presents that 2 out of 1 were adults educated only to the age of 15 for the most part.
In the United States children are required by law to attend school until the age of 16, though these are the statistics...
In 2005, the proportion of the population having finished high school and the percentage of those having earned bachelor's degrees remained at an all-time high, while the growth in both categories has slowed down over the past two decades. The vast majority of the population, 85.2%, had finished high school and nearly a quarter, 22%, had earned a Bachelor's degree. The percentage of both college and high school graduates continued to increase since 2000.
Since 1983 the percentage of people graduating from high school has increased from 85% to 88%. The greatest increases in educational attainment were documented in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. In the 1950s and much of the 1960s high school graduates constituted about 50% of those considered adults (25 and above). For young adults aged between 25 and 29, the percentage of high school graduates was roughly 50% in 1950 versus 90% today.