EDUCATION IN THE
WHEN I WAS PREPARING to write this chapter, I examined many sources. One day, while I was reading a book titled Citizenship Education published in Taiwan, I found my mother standing by. She is a retired, 80-year-old middle-school teacher. She told me that she had not seen a book about citizenship education for over 50 years. Sixty years ago, before the formation of the People's Republic of China, my mother studied citizenship education in school. However, during the 40 years of her teaching career she did not hear about citizenship education. She asked me whether there was a subject called citizenship education in today's schools. I told her there were no subjects titled citizenship education in schools of any kind or level. This fact stimulated my thinking about why in China's educational system the concepts of citizenship and citizenship education have been forgotten or are rarely talked about.
The concept of citizenship was imported from the West. It is a requirement in Western democratic societies for the individual's political socialization