Moral education in China and its critique

Christine Cunningham, Wei Zhang, Clive Barstow

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Chinese Moral Education has been compared to civics or citizenship education. However, the Chinese Moral Education system has a unique approach and agenda to produce continuing generations of students who become Chinese Communist Party loyalists, reliable and compliant citizens and builders of an idealised Chinese socialism project. The ambitious and new Guidelines to Moral Education for Primary and Secondary Schools in China (2017) has prompted great interest among academics and social studies teachers in Chinese schools. This article has two objectives: to provide an overview of the newly implemented Chinese Guidelines to Moral Education and also to offer our critique.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)3-13
JournalThe Social Educator
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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