As an immigrant country, Australia does not have a 5,000-year cultural heritage and historical heritage like China. However, since its rise in the 1960s, Australia has always stood among the developed countries. Scientific research, sports, culture, art, medical care and more, almost all aspects of the country can be called the top level in the world. Until now, Australia has only approached the mark of 25 million people. In contrast, the success rate is terrifying!
The reason for this situation is very simple, because Australia has a quality education!
1. School education
Australia’s primary, secondary and tertiary education is very tight, and the pressure on Australian children is definitely no less than that of Chinese children.
The biggest difference is: Australian education focuses on preparing enough for children’s life, while Chinese education only focuses on one college entrance examination, but ignores other aspects of life.
Australian primary schools are basically playing, but don’t get me wrong, the play here is to let children play happily at the age when they should play, learn something without pressure, and more importantly, let children like to go to school, read, and learn the most basic things subtly. The method of acquiring knowledge – reading. Primary school will also do one thing, that is, let each child learn public expression and communication, and this skill will be used throughout life.
Australia’s secondary school is six years old. It will take three full years for every child to find their own interests, and then either choose to go to technical schools to learn specific skills (such as TAFE, VET and other vocational training institutions), or dig deep in their own interests, or enter the university for fine craftsmanship.
In the first three years of secondary school, every child must choose music, art, food processing, film and television production, fashion design, woodworking, mechanical processing, art appreciation, sports, mathematics, science and other courses, which are all prescribed courses in the syllabus, some private schools will have more choices on this basis.
It is easy to get admitted to a university in Australia, but not easy to graduate. Exams in China are actually a lot easier. More than that, you only need to memorize and memorize them. Moreover, Chinese universities also usually focus on the exams. As long as you use your brain and work hard, the exam will not be a problem.
However, most of the Australian university exams are open-book. The test paper is sent to you, and you are given two weeks to hand in the test paper. You will find that you can’t find the answer at all. The only thing you can do is to fully understand what you have learned. You will discover how important reading and written expression are.
In short, Australian education is more about infusing children with culture, while China only focuses on knowledge. Australia’s education is trying every means to give children a lifelong weapon, and China’s education is responsible for sending children to the college entrance examination.
Australian education cultivates children’s life skills early, protects children’s self-confidence, respects children’s personality, and makes children deeply understand from an early age that “no one can help your life, and your destiny is in your own hands”.
2. Family Education
China can be said to be a nation that attaches great importance to education in the world. From childhood to adulthood, the influence of parents’ education is everywhere, but it is a pity that most Chinese parents have made education one-sided, narrow-minded and utilitarian. They put almost all our energy on cultural classes, test scores, and academic rankings. A high score means “one beauty hides a hundred ugliness”. Mental health, hobbies, stress resistance, the impact of parental education… all are considered too little!
Children spend almost two-thirds of their time at home with their parents, so parents’ education will undoubtedly have a subtle influence on children, and words and deeds will leave a deep imprint on children. In Chinese culture, it is only natural to listen to the parents, and the independent personality of the child will be quickly wiped out in such an atmosphere.
Behind this is the obliteration of the child’s personality. The child becomes submissive without knowing it. How can he be truly confident when he grows up? Some parents also do not tolerate the persistence of children when they disagree with themselves, let alone the stubbornness of children. But everyone knows that behind this is the dictatorship of parents and the lack of family democracy.
During the period when the outlook on life and values were established, how could two-thirds of the children who were oppressed have a relaxed face and a face that had never been bullied? This is the bitter fruit planted by the family education, and I am afraid it will take a long time to digest and improve it.
Australian parents are very patient with their children and rarely reprimand them. What they see more is the loving company of parents and equal dialogue with benevolent eyes.
Australian parents will always do everything possible to find their child’s flaws, even if it’s extremely small, to light it up.
3. Social education
Society is a melting pot, and its impact on minors cannot be ignored. If there is a disease in this society, even if the family and school education are as usual, it will have a fatal impact on the formation of minors’ outlook on life and values. Social education is very broad. When a child leaves the family at any moment, he will face the education and influence given by the society.
It has to be said that Australian society as a whole is very positive.
– Encouragement and tolerance
Australians never hesitate to smile, encourage, help and tolerate strangers in public. You can always feel the warmth from strangers at the moment of a smile that meets people’s eyes, and the world is no longer cold. When we become the focus of attention, whether successful or not, Australians will use the phrase “Good Job”, “Well done” to give you high fives and encourage you.
The influence of this kind of society is like a seed planted in everyone’s heart. One day, it will sprout and grow, and then it will bear fruit and pass it on.
– Equality and justice
Even if everyone’s starting point is not the same, Australia can provide everyone with equal room for improvement with as fairness as possible. How much effort you put in, how much you will gain. Australia’s blue-collar workers (constructionists/electricians/plumbers, etc.) have high hourly wages, and doctors and lawyers are also well-paid, but you should understand that they all put in a lot of effort.
This fair and just society teaches people that “if you want to be prominent in front of others, you have to suffer behind your back”, so people will not be envious and jealous, people will not hate the rich.
The ultimate goal of education is to let children to live a good life, but taking exams is not enough. Self-confidence, respect, etiquette, self-discipline, communication skills, survival skills, etc. that are needed in life are what education should teach most.