Educators Urge Vocational Training to Make Schools Relevant
James L. Tyson and Ann Scott Tyson, writers of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
ONE Chinese farmer refuses to prune his apple trees, fearing that clipping off the branches will prevent apples from growing. Another rejects chemical fertilizers as useless after failing to apply them properly. Peasant women in one village typically eat 50 eggs daily for a month after giving birth, believing the diet will rebuild their health.
Despite the rich practical knowledge of China's 860 million peasants, vast areas of ignorance remain, not only in traditional subjects like math and language, but in skills that directly affect their livelihoods.
Educating China's rural population is vital to the country's modernization, and especially to breaking poor …
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Publication information: Article title: Educators Urge Vocational Training to Make Schools Relevant. Contributors: James L. Tyson and Ann Scott Tyson, writers of The Christian Science Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: July 22, 1992. Page number: 12. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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