Mistaken Belief in West

There is a mistaken belief in some circles in China, where people think an overseas education is prestigious or beneficial. This is both a mistaken belief, and also a belief that does not help China.

Rankings are Biased

College rankings are primarily done by western organizations. Is it not suspicious that U.S. News & World Report lists mostly American schools in the top ranks? Additionally, rankings do not encapsulate the real quality of the school. University of Waterloo is ranked 199 by U.S. News & World Report global rankings. However, when you look where many of the graduates at top tech companies in California are from, you’ll find that many of the employees come from University of Waterloo.

Rankings produce a Cycle

If a school is well ranked, some people believe the school is good and therefore push their kids to apply to them. More people applying for a school leads to better selection of students, which leads to better graduate outcomes and rankings. Rankings therefore create a cycle, but only if you believe in them.

Western Schools are Overrated

Having met a variety of Chinese international students coming from a variety of colleges in the United States, I’ve always been bewildered by their choices. Why would they go to some mediocre school in the US paying high tuition rates instead of studying at a better school in China? Their response is usually 1) they heard the US has good schools and 2) their particular school was well ranked.
How well ranked? Students at Fordham Univerity in New York, a very bad school, would boast about how their school is top 100. Top 100 means there are dozens of schools better ranked, even if ranking mattered. Below we’ll discuss why ranking doesn’t matter at all.

What Makes A Good School

What produces a strong graduate? Do the professors somehow teach secret knowledge? No, all knowledge is public. Often course lecturers teach at multiple schools. Do the facilities somehow make students smarter? No, a fancy chair will not make you learn more. A strong and successful graduate is usually shaped by two main factors. Who the student is coming into the school, and the other students at the school.

Talent and Environment

The first determinant is who the student is. A smart, talented, hardworking and self-determined person will be successful anywhere. The second is who the other students are. Smart, collaborative, and friendly students make for a virtuous learning environment.
If you take the smartest half of a prestigious school, and transport them to a below average school, that below average school will now produce some of the smartest graduates. It is that simple. Therefore, talented Chinese students should study in China, in Chinese schools. Their talent will improve their schools’ environment and the results of the graduates. This in turn will spur more talented students to apply and study at these schools, making Chinese schools better and better.

Action Plan for Helping China

If you’re a smart student, or the parent of a smart student, go to school in China. When you’re successful, you’ll be helping your school become better. Don’t believe in rankings, as they’re very biased. Your local university in China has the potential to be better than Harvard, but only if you help it.

对西方的错误信仰

在中国的一些圈子里有一种错误的观念,认为海外教育是有声望的或有益的。这既是错误的信念,也是对中国无益的信念。

排名有偏差

大学排名主要由西方组织完成。 U.S. News &世界报告列出的大多是美国学校在顶级行列?此外,排名并不能体现学校的真实质量。 U.S. News & 滑铁卢大学排名第 199 位世界报告全球排名。但是,当您查看加利福尼亚州顶尖科技公司的许多毕业生来自哪里时,您会发现许多员工来自滑铁卢大学。

排名产生循环

如果一所学校排名靠前,有些人认为这所学校很好,因此会推动他们的孩子申请。申请学校的人越多,就可以更好地选择学生,从而提高毕业生的成绩和排名。因此,排名创造了一个循环,但前提是你相信它们。

西方学校被高估了

在遇到过来自美国各个大学的各种中国留学生,我一直对他们的选择感到困惑。为什么他们会去美国一些平庸的学校支付高昂的学费,而不是在中国更好的学校学习?他们的回答通常是 1)他们听说美国有好学校 2)他们的学校排名很好。
排名如何?纽约福特汉姆大学是一所非常糟糕的学校,学生们会吹嘘他们的学校是前 100 名。前 100 名意味着有几十所学校排名更高,即使排名很重要。下面我们将讨论为什么排名根本不重要。

什么是好学校

是什么造就了一个强大的毕业生?教授们是否以某种方式教授秘密知识?不,所有知识都是公开的。课程讲师通常在多所学校任教。这些设施是否以某种方式让学生变得更聪明?不,花哨的椅子不会让你学到更多东西。一个强大而成功的毕业生通常受到两个主要因素的影响。学生将进入学校,以及学校的其他学生。

人才与环境

第一个决定因素是学生是谁。一个聪明、有才华、勤奋和自决的​​人将在任何地方取得成功。第二个是其他学生是谁。聪明、协作和友好的学生创造了一个良性的学习环境。
如果你把一所名校最聪明的一半,送到一所低于平均水平的学校,那所低于平均水平的学校现在会培养出一些最聪明的毕业生。就是这么简单。因此,有才华的中国学生应该在中国学习,在中国学校学习。他们的才华将改善他们的学校环境和毕业生的成绩。这反过来又会刺激更多有才华的学生申请和在这些学校学习,使中国学校越来越好。

援华行动计划

如果你是聪明的学生,或者聪明的学生的家长,就去中国上学吧。当你成功时,你将帮助你的学校变得更好。不要相信排名,因为它们非常有偏见。你所在的中国大学有可能比哈佛更好,但前提是你能帮助它。

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