The Differences between the Family Education of America and China
As we all know, family is our first school in our life, and parents are our first teachers. Once we born in this world, the primary way to get into the society is attaining knowledge from family. Therefore, family plays a vitally critical role in helping children develop their characteristics. However, different countries have different notions about family teaching influenced by various culture backgrounds. There are some main differences between American families and Chinese families.
The Different Relationships between Parents and Children
What both American and Chinese parents have in common is that they have strong instinctive love for children. In certain degrees, they all have child-centered cultures. What differs is the way of them to express the love. The point is whether children belong to themselves or their parents.
In China, parents’ positions in one family mean authority, which are influenced by the thoughts of conventional traditional education. Besides, children have little power in families and they lack of participation in decision-making. Chinese parents regard their children as just weak people who need to be teaching and pushing toward. That means they think most part of their children belong to parents.
As for American, equality takes up a more significant position in American family than Chinese’s. American parents would like to respect what their children do, and give them enough rights in family. “Mother and father have an equal voice in decision-making, and, on certain matters, the children, too, have a vote (perhaps at weekly family council meetings).” On the contrary, American parents regard children as individuals who belong to themselves and family members can be intimate friends.
The Different Methods of Family Education
Influenced by the general character of a county, American families and Chinese families also have extreme...