Here then was a group of 18–22 year olds with a sense that they could shape their own destiny.
I wonder if the sense that they control their destinies is a function of their careerist orientation, a more general function of their age, or an enduring aspect of the American Dream that still prevails even in difficult economic times.
Chinese policymakers have called for teachers to add quality to their curriculum—to spur original thinking, encourage questioning (up to a point), and promote more extracurricular hobbies and interests. Taking to heart the accusation that their system has stymied innovation, the Chinese are emulating the American educational system, which has traditionally emphasized creativity and individuality.
Kind of reminds us of season four of The Wire. Read.
(Above, Students outside their school, Dailan, China. Photo by Paul Louis)