Education Salon “Meeting the Future Schools” Held in Chengdu
Sponsored by the Chinese Society of Education (CSE) and Education Department of Guangming Daily, the education salon themed on “Meeting the
Future Schools: Exploration of School Running Amidst the Supply-side Reform” was held in the Luhu Ecological City of Chengdu on July 25.
Prestigious experts and scholars, education management staff, and front-line principals of primary and middle schools were invited to attend this salon. Yang Nianlu, Secretary-General of the CSE, presided over the salon.
According to Tao Xiping, advisor of CSE, member of the National Education Advisory Committee, and National Inspector-General of the Ministry of Education, the conformity of instrumental rationality and value rationality should be maintained in the study of future schools. The realistic significance of this study lies in specifying the directions and goals of educational reforms based on exploring into ideal schools suitable for the future world and development of China.
Tao remarked that it is the changes of time, the advancement of technology, and the demands of society that propel the study of future schools. He sum-marized the main characteristics of ideal schools in the future as with more specific education goals, more open organizational forms, more diversified learning styles, more comfortable learning environments, more qualified teachers, and more comprehensive educational evaluation.
He also pointed out that to develop ideal schools, the road ahead is arduous and the process is long. It is necessary to proceed from China’s actual cond-itions and carry out educational reform in the light of national development process. Firstly, the administrative departments shouldhave the strategic thinking of gradually adjusting inappropriate educational ideologies and policies according to their understanding of the future schools. Secondly, the a-uthorities shouldenableschools to have more autonomy in school running, and plan and support relevant subject research and experiments. Thirdly, it is essential to build up the ranks of teachers and raise their quality, thus promoting their roles transition within schools. Finally, the schools should eng-age in international exchanges to draw up experiences of educational reform and future school construction from their counterparts in developed countries.
In recent years, the term “future school” has become trendy in the education circle. The reform of learning space in Switzerland, the integration of technology and education in America, and the relationship between schools and external society in Russia, for instance, haveall sent signals of the development of “future schools.” Similarly, many Chinese schools work to integrate this trendy concept into diversified educational reform endeavors,such as the application of cloud platforms, educational technologies, and maker spaces, as well asthe curriculum-related reform of MOOC, flipped classrooms, collegiate systems, and mobile learning systems, all labeled as practices for “future schools.”
Many delegates were present at this salon, including Chen Ruping (Director of the Research Center for Basic Education of National Institute of Educat-ion Sciences), Yu Shengquan (Vice Director of the Faculty of Education of Beijing Normal University), Shang Junjie (Vice Dean of the Graduate School of Education of Peking University), Zuo Huarong (Party Member and Deputy Director-General of Chengdu Bureau of Education), Luo Qinghong (Director of Chengdu Research Institute of Education Science), Li Xiaofei (Principal of Chengdu No.7 Middle School), LuFang (Secretary of the CPC General Branch of Chengdu Experimental Primary School), JiangYanbang (Principal of the Kuijv Community School of Changyi, Weifang City, Shandong Province), and LuoLiping (CEO of Chengdu Wanhua Capital Group Co., Ltd.). They discussed on topics such as “Educational Management and School RunningMechanisms Appropriate for Future Schools,” “Space Designing and Infrastructure Construction of Future Schools,” “Learning Style Reformation of Future Schools,” “Constructing a Three-in-one Educational Community of Students, Teachers and Parents to Suit the Needs of Future Schools,” and “Integration of Future Schools and Community,” and reached broad consensus.
The delegates agreed that the reform in the future must be an omnibearing one, including school-running concepts, organizational forms, learning styles, teaching administration, and resource allocation. Nevertheless, no matter how dramatic the changes will be, the principle is sure to remain unchanged. That is, the reform shallalways comply with the educational rules, reflectthe nature of education, take cultivating talents as the ultimate value pursuit, maintain educationalinnovation capability, and view teachers as the core to educate thousands of practical educators. They also advocated that in the building of future schools, all relevant parties shall emphasize more on the value of existing schools and endeavor to strike a balance between inheritance and development.
Representatives of trainees from the “Future Educators Training Program” of the CSE, directors and principals of preschools, primary and middle schools in Chengdu, managers from Chengdu Wanhua Capital Group Co., Ltd., as well as the national and local press also attended this salon.