Jul 07, 2022
In Welcome to the Forum
Ten years ago, my wife and I made up our minds to leave China. Of course there were political reasons, but the education of our children was also an important factor. When it comes to children's education, China and the United States are worlds apart. In Beijing, our family lives in the Vanke Qingqing Homestead outside the East Fifth Ring Road. There is a third-rate primary school in the community, the Vanke Qingqing Branch of Hujialou Central Primary School. Even if you have a Beijing hukou, you still need to apply for a place a few years in advance. Nearby middle and high schools are poor. Judging from our family's economic situation, we couldn't afford the huge sums of money to pay the "school selection fee" for photo retouching attending key middle schools, or to buy high-priced school district housing in Haidian District, and it was even less possible for me to find any "connection" or someone with power to help me. After arriving in the United States, we settled in Northern Virginia (the Greater Washington area) with superior cultural and educational resources, and our children attended free, high-quality public elementary and middle schools (junior high schools). After he went to middle school, my wife and I, as liberal arts students, were unable to help him academically—our English level was not enough to guide his English reading and writing, and we could only provide some reading and writing principles in a large way. Recommend some classics to him. In terms of math and science, his advanced courses have learned calculus and geometry, which I have long forgotten after the college entrance examination. Once, my son asked me a math problem, and I couldn't solve it for a few hours. I was really ashamed.