From admission to integration, Adcote School attaches importance to China Gene - Xinhua News Agency

Xinhua News Agency Client, Shanghai Channel, April 11


In addition to receiving international curriculum education and participating in sports and art activities, this spring, a group of senior high school students in China's international schools experienced a different course - Chinese cooking class.


"Learning to cook not only improves my self-care ability, but also gives me a deeper understanding of the traditional Chinese concept of"harmony between man and nature". Dong Kaihua, a 10th grade student at Shanghai Adcott School, said.

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The blending and collision of Chinese and foreign cultures make these children have a stronger sense of traditional identity. In addition to Chinese cooking lessons, more and more international schools in China are transferring Chinese traditional culture in various forms and integrating traditional education into the curriculum content.


As Chinese parents continue to pursue high-quality education, international schools are developing rapidly in China. International schools are popular with many parents because students can be enrolled without nationality restrictions and receive education in the international system. Many good schools are "hard to get a ticket", and the competition is fierce.


Industry insiders said that at present, part of China's international schools are set up directly by foreign schools, and a considerable part of them are invested by Chinese non-governmental forces. They adopt an international curriculum system, also known as "private bilingual schools". These "Chinese and foreign genes" intertwined international schools not only have an international perspective, but also attach great importance to the Chinese elements in teaching.



"Chinese parents of the post-80s and post-90s have a deep understanding of international schools. They will carefully examine the curriculum system and teaching objectives. Traditional culture education is also a part of their great attention." Hu Jing, the school director of Shanghai Adcott School, said that Chinese parents are increasingly rational in choosing international schools, and will not focus only on examinations and studying abroad, but also neglect their children's recognition of Chinese culture.


Industry insiders also expressed the same view: "We found that many Chinese parents want their children to receive a good education, but they are not willing to let their children grow up abroad and forget their own culture. Therefore, cooperation projects in China will provide them with a good experience."


In this trend, the introduction of traditional Chinese learning, tea ceremony, calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting and so on have become an important part of many international school curricula.

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Adcote School in Shanghai specializes in opening classrooms for traditional Chinese education, and lists renju and calligraphy as expansion courses. "We hope these contents can teach children to remember their identity and their roots." Industry insiders said.


In addition, many heads of international schools in China have indicated that they have adopted the experience and essence of Chinese educational methods of running education at preliminary level.


"Chinese children's mastery and application of  knowledge at preliminary level is amazing. Therefore, only by absorbing the teaching methods and logic in China's basic education system and combining with the concept of international education, can we create a reasonable and world-class curriculum." Industry insiders said.


Since January of this year, basic mathematics textbooks in Shanghai have been introduced into some international schools. The 99 multiplication table of the Chinese "arithmetic artifact" has also entered some foreign primary schools to help pupils cope with multiplication problems easily. The advantages of education in China are gradually known and recognized. Many international schools in China help teachers in foreign countries learn the essence of Chinese teaching and research methods.


"The teaching and research groups in Chinese schools and the old and new mechanisms make the teaching of knowledge more rigorous." Hu Jing, the school director of Shanghai Adekot School, said that by inviting foreign principals and teachers to exchange their studies with other affiliated schools in China, the school would pass on the high-quality education methods in China.


According to data released by ISC, an international school consultancy, by the end of 2017, the number of private bilingual schools in mainland China had increased by 89% compared with 2012, and the number of students had doubled. The Ministry of International Trade expects the number of British school brands in China to double by 2020. Under the background of the increasing number of international schools in China, it is necessary to absorb the advantages of Chinese and foreign educational concepts and integrate them effectively.


"The integration and collision of traditional culture and international concepts in the field of education will stimulate more innovative ideas, which will have a far-reaching impact on future cross-border cooperation in the fields of humanities, trade, science and technology." Liu Jing, Director of Education and Skills Department, Ministry of International Trade, UK, said.

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