Public vs. Private Schools in China:
the Educational Revolution in a Rapidly-Changing Society
12:30 to 1:30pm
No country in the world has changed more in the last thirty years than China. One of the biggest changes is the massive expansion of educational opportunities. Yet only since 2003 have private schools played a major role in China’s changing educational landscape. How has Chinese private education been rebuilt? What are the significant challenges facing private education? What are its advantages and disadvantages compared to public education?
Answering these questions will be Mr. Zixiong Ma, the Chairman of the Jinqiao Education Group. He has worked in primary, secondary, and tertiary education in China since 1977. In 2000 he started an experimental, bilingual private school in the city of Wuxi, outside of Shanghai. This experimental school has since expanded to become one of the top-performing and most sought-after schools in its region. Mr. Ma has pioneered partnerships between government and business to build up the Jinqiao group of private schools.
The lecture will be delivered in Mandarin, with English translation.
Sponsored by Matteo Ricci College. For more information, contact the Poverty Education Center.
The French economist Thomas Piketty is one of the world's leading authorities on inequality. His book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has recently been published in English. It's a weighty tome, but is bound to be influential, and anyone who cares about issues such as the global distribution of wealth and poverty should have some familiarity with Piketty's scholarship.
For those who don't have time or aren't inclined to delve through the book's almost 700 pages, Vox has produced not only a short guide to the book, but this very useful series of charts "that explain the history of global wealth." Here's just one:
The Albers School of Business and Economics is sponsoring an upcoming event on the Seattle U campus:
Pope Francis denounces the tyranny of autonomous markets. But are markets tyrannical? Do they have to be?
Albers ETH-X Scholars discuss current research on markets and the promotion of justice.
Topics Include: Humane Living Standards, Transformative Marketing, Microcredit, and Empowerment.
Featuring Speaker: Joe Phillips. Featuring Panelists: Matt Isaac, Katie Fitzpatrick, and Quan Le.
Co-Sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Mission and Ministry.
“The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase. In the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.”
- Pope Francis
The PEC's roster of events continued to grow!
As part of SU's International Week celebration in January, the PEC sponsored
several campus gatherings. A packed room attended "From Harm to
Home," in which refugees from Myanmar and other countries shared stories
of leaving their homes, surviving as a displaced person, and adjusting to life
in the United States. In another I-Week event, Professors Audrey Hudgins and Serena
Cosgrove discussed how education abroad can help the poor, offering their
advice on how students can make their international experiences meaningful for
social justice. The PEC was a co-organizer for a sell-out concert by the
Filipino-American pop star AJ Rafael. The concert was held to show solidarity
with people in the Philippines, and proceeds went to benefit the School of the
SEA (Sea and Earth Advocates), a leading environmental education organization
whose facilities were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Other PEC productions
included a presentation on gender and conflict in the Great Lakes region of
Africa by a leading scholar of African development, and a panel on careers in
international development featuring speakers from PATH, USAID, and the Seattle
International Foundation. To learn about the PEC's events, please visit the
Poverty Education Center Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/povertyeducationcenter.
I've long thought that compassion and empathy were key for truly understanding poverty. If you have no compassion for people who are poor, then it's unlikely that you will care about their problems, or about the problem of poverty in the world. The big question is, how to inculcate that compassion in people who don't already feel it? How can poverty education encourage empathy, and thereby spur both understanding and action about poverty?
Those questions need big answers. Nicholas Kristof offers a few thoughts on them a propos of a recent column on low-income Americans that elicited some uncompassionate responses from his readers.
"There is an income gap in America, but just as important is a compassion gap. Plenty of successful people see a picture of a needy child and their first impulse is not to help but to reproach.
To break cycles of poverty, we have the tools to improve high school graduation rates, reduce teen pregnancies and increase employment. What we lack is the will to do so."
Read the whole article.
While on her research trip to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo this past November, Dr. Serena Cosgrove was interviewed by Rwandan television.
Check out the interview here: http://rba.co.rw/rwanda-world-serena-casgrove
On May 11th, the Poverty Education Center hosted "Jesuit Universities Engaging Poverty: Perspectives from Seattle and Managua." The event brought together students, faculty, staff, and community members to hear from Seattle University and la Universidad Centroamericana about how they were engaging poverty in their communities.
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