Citizenship Education in China: Preparing Citizens for the by Kerry J. Kennedy, Gregory Fairbrother, Zhenzhou Zhao

By Kerry J. Kennedy, Gregory Fairbrother, Zhenzhou Zhao

There's a flourishing literature on citizenship schooling in China that's often unknown within the West. Liberal political theorists usually think that in basic terms in democracy should still electorate be ready for his or her destiny obligations, but citizenship schooling in China has gone through a couple of alterations because the political procedure has sought to deal with industry reforms, globalization and pressures either externally and in the kingdom for broader political reforms. during the last decade, chinese language students were suffering for authentic reputation of citizenship schooling as a key portion of the college curriculum in those altering contexts. This ebook analyzes the citizenship schooling matters less than dialogue inside China, and goals to supply a voice for its students at a time whilst China’s foreign function is turning into more and more very important.

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Liang Qichao was another pioneer of concepts of reforming national character. After the failure of the Reform Movement of 1898, his thought regarding social transformation was further expanded. He started to ponder developing “new people” in the modern sense by reforming the traditional national character. Liang Qichao put forward the concept of “nationals”, a concept close to that of “citizen”. He stated, “The people of a nation shall govern their own country, enact the laws of the country, work for the benefits of the country and protect the country from threats.

The GMD’s and early CPC’s anti-imperialist, nationalist stances (Eastman 1990; Strauss 2006) and the CPC’s reform period activities regarding the protection and promotion of national dignity and pride (Downs and Saunders 1998; Zhao 1998) can also be interpreted as a modern manifestation of concern for the people’s spiritual well-being. There are those, furthermore, who have read into the imperial state’s social The Chinese Paternalistic State and Moral Education 21 and economic obligations to the people the reciprocal notion of the people’s social and economic rights, which in the literature on the CPC are a further factor in its legitimacy (Potter 2003).

Subsequently, they further realised that the ultimate goal was to reform the national character of the Chinese people, thereby pushing the Chinese people to examine their own traditional culture and state of mind. Meanwhile, the sweeping campaign of civic education during this period also introduced into China the essence of civic education in foreign countries, leaving a considerable legacy in the history of civic education in China and inspiring numerous people with lofty ideals to dedicate their lives to the cause of national salvation.

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