British School Makes Chinese Studies Compulsory
Richard Garner from London reports that one leading
independent school in Britain has made learning of Chinese
compulsory for all its students. Mr. Richard Cairns,
headmaster of Brighton College announced this scheme to be
implemented from next September. His predecessor Dr.
Anthony Seldon further wanted to popularise learning of the
language in independent and state schools in view of the
reality that China replaced Britain as the world’s fourth
economy this year.
Dr. Seldon wanted Britain to face up to this challenge by
learning Chinese language and culture. He already
established ties between this school and a secondary school
in Beijing last year during his visit to that place.
Cultural exchanges between the two schools are on the anvil.
He said China would overtake America to become the number
one superpower sooner than expected. It was therefore
imperative that students learnt about the biggest country
of the world and did that pretty early in life.
Dr. Seldon praised the process of learning Chinese culture
as a profoundly educational and civilising experience
through the study of Mandarin.