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Education Reform Needs to Look Beyond Schools

Studying no longer has borders, and children should be allowed the freedom to exploit any social resource to enhance their learning experience

By Zhang Qingchen Updated Oct.11

Recently, opinions on deepening the reform of the educational system, co-issued by China’s General Office of the Communist Party and General Office of the State Council, stated that any space, such as family homes, society, enterprises, and even nature, could facilitate learners getting what they want or need at different times. This means that people should think beyond a bricks-and-mortar school building as being the only place to study; instead, people can make the most of any social resource.   

The Beijing Youth Daily said that the Internet means studying is without borders; for instance, learners can download any educational resources they want from prestigious universities across the globe, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US or China's Tsinghua University. Online studying platforms save on learning costs as well. 

Such notions of new ways to study - with no limitations on time and space - should be developed from childhood, a commentary on news site Infzm.com suggested, since curiosity is ignited when a child's parents provide plenty of freedom to explore and discover where one's interest lies. Children allowed space to learn by themselves would develop more definite ideas about their future compared to their peers who are stuck in rote learning, it said.    

Knowledge can be gained in a variety of ways, apart from books and in the classroom, and people can also learn from rich practical experiences.