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The Rhetoric and Reality of Mass Education in Mao's China


reviewed by Mei Li — 2002

coverTitle: The Rhetoric and Reality of Mass Education in Mao's China
Author(s): Vilma Seeberg
Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press, New York
ISBN: 0773476385 , Pages: 592, Year: 2000
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Since China is a developing country with one-quarter of the world's population, the popularization of basic education is a policy priority. In the government's development plan for education, the goal of popularizing basic education is always of primary importance. By the year 2000, 85 percent of populated areas in China had instituted nine-year compulsory education programs. Thus, China is now facing a dual challenge: (1) to complete the popularization of compulsory education in 15 percent of the populated areas, and, (2) to improve the quality of nine-year compulsory education throughout all regions. Vilma Seeberg, in her book, The Rhetoric and Reality of Mass Education in Mao's China, describes this challenge. Some background information on the People's Republic of China (PRC) may be helpful prior to discussing Seeberg's lucid portrayal. The situation of basic education in the first 30 years of the PRC is very complex, confined by socio-economics and their associated political policies. The dual struggle, which Seeberg differentiates as the moderate policy and the radical policy,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 959-961
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10813, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 11:27:45 PM

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  • Mei Li
    Shanghai Institute of Human Resource Development
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    Mei Li is an Assistant Professor at the Shanghai Institute of Human Resource Development, Shanghai Academy of Educational Sciences. Li graduated from East China Normal University, majoring in Chinese Traditional Culture and Education in 1996. Li's most recent publication is "An Investigation Report on the Schools for Foreign Personnel's Children in Shanghai", Shanghai Education Research, January, 2001.
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