By Kerry J. Kennedy, Gregory Fairbrother, Zhenzhou Zhao
There's a flourishing literature on citizenship schooling in China that's ordinarily unknown within the West. Liberal political theorists usually imagine that merely in democracy may still electorate be ready for his or her destiny tasks, but citizenship schooling in China has gone through a few variations because the political method has sought to deal with industry reforms, globalization and pressures either externally and in the state for broader political reforms. during the last decade, chinese language students were suffering for reliable attractiveness of citizenship schooling as a key section of the college curriculum in those altering contexts. This booklet analyzes the citizenship schooling concerns lower than dialogue inside of China, and goals to supply a voice for its students at a time while China’s foreign position is changing into more and more vital.
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China was reduced to a quasi-colony of Western countries and was confronted with a grave national crisis. In order to get rid of internal turmoil and external invasion and ﬁght for national survival, a group of insightful scholars began to learn from the West. During the process of learning from Western civilisation, the concepts of “civic education” were gradually identiﬁed, 28 Xu Ruifang adopted, advocated, and practised by some progressive Chinese. Waves of “reform of national character” were initiated to shape a new and unconventional national character featuring individual independence, so as to develop citizens that could ﬁght back against Western invaders, and save and revive the nation.
In the implementation process of civic education, the value of a human being was rediscovered, “individual value” became more signiﬁcant, and the relationship between individuals and the state was also recognised, contrary to being denied previously. People began to criticise traditional education for overemphasising morality and inhibiting the development of individuality, and proposed to take the relationships among individuals, society, and state and the cultivation of the democratic spirit as the objective of civic education.
One of the important features of civic education in China in modern times has been reforming the national 38 Xu Ruifang character and shaping the “citizens” required by modern society on the basis of criticising the deep-rooted shortcomings of the national character with reference to Western values including “freedom” and “equality”. Civic education in modern China did make some achievements in respect of reform of traditional Chinese national character, advancement of civic intelligence, and cultivation of civic awareness.