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Experimental Work in Education: Self-Government in Chinese Schools

by H. B. Graybill 1907

This subject in native and foreign schools in China today is an interesting one to teachers there and may be instructive to American teachers. The problem is not altogether one with that of our school-city or with other attempts of teachers to introduce democracy into the school for an aid to moral and especially civic instruction. It will, however, throw light upon our efforts. The subject in China is an important one in the educational affairs of every part of the empire. In every city is heard the expression "the students." This new and motley class of old and young students of the modern schools which have so recently sprung up everywhere seems to be wielding a great influence among the people. In several cities they are attempting to enlighten the superstitious classes by destroying publicly the old idols and by turning the temples into schools. Officials have had to suppress small riots caused by their rash independence. In a large school in Canton the governing body was compelled by the students to discharge one or two unpopular teachers. In that school, Prof. Young, M.A., Columbia University, '05, found the authorities hesitant about taking any steps contrary to the will of the students. ...

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 8 Number 2, 1907, p. 108-111
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9941, Date Accessed: 9/23/2018 12:20:50 PM

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