Well, the Chinese Communist Party is always scratching the surface only, even when they do intend to do what is good for the Chinese people. In other words, they are mostly evil, but even when they mean to be good, they prove to be too incompetent to do what is actually good for China. So, they have decided to push for an education reform (http://qz.com/260543/china-is-trying-to-make-its-infamous-college-entrance-exam-more-equitable/).
That’s not the point. The problem is that China is not innovative enough to compete in world economy. This is why Foxconn, a Taiwanese company, is one of the key drivers, if not the key driver, in Chinese innovation. Taiwan is only slightly bigger than Israel in size, but China depends so much on it to innovate and compete in the world. Do you see why I say the Chinese Communist Party is incompetent?
So, where do they need an education reform? The exams for the grad schools. They need to standardize the entrance exams for grad schools so as to shift and defer the real pressure point to a later time when kids are more mature. It is always the final exam that really counts. By forcing universities to compete among themselves, the Chinese government encourages these schools to pick the best students fairly from all over China so that they stay competitive. Now, it’s not enough that Chinese students be the experts of algebra and simple calculus to get into top undergrad schools. They actually have to be the experts of advanced calculus and differential equations in order to get into top grad schools, where the innovation truly begins. The undergrad schools must be standardized to raise the bar so that China can become more competitive.
An alternative, already well-proven in the West, is the privatization of colleges and universities. In fact, privatization works so well even down to preschool education all the way from higher education. The problem is that such a system creates a gap too wide between the rich and the poor and decreases social mobility. In any case, fairness and justice is not the social objective. The purpose of taking a different approach from the West is to ensure that the hidden genius among the poor, which is the vast majority, has a chance to be discovered, which contributes significantly to national power. At the end of the day, everyone wants to be number one in the world. We can always worry about equality later. If you can’t even survive, the rest is not too important. This is how a nationalist thinks.
This is it. The Chinese government must either standardize or privatize the undergrad schools so that they can start building an innovative society from highly diverse and competitive grad schools, which we can talk about later. This is so obvious that I have to point it out to the Chinese Communist Party, or they will never get it.