The Schools for Parents in Guangdong Province, Peoples Republic of China

Meredith, William H.
September 1991
Journal of Comparative Family Studies;Autumn91, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p379
Academic Journal
This article discusses parent education in China as it is implemented through the Schools for Parents in Guangdong Province in 1991. In terms of content, the similarities to parent education in the U.S. are more striking than the differences. Most amazing is the rapid growth of the Schools for Parents since their inception in 1983. While many of the topics in the Chinese curriculum would not be appropriate for pluralistic societies such as the U.S. and Canada, nevertheless, the model is worth studying as a means of reaching large numbers of parents with information about child development and guidance. Currently, elementary and secondary schools in the U.S. do provide selected and occasional parenting sessions as a means of educating parents concerning the raising of healthy children. However, such efforts do not begin to approach the scale currently being implemented in China. Part of the success of the program in China is due to the state's support and commitment to it. If workers were not given time off from work and had to attend during non-working hours, no doubt the participation rates would be much lower. However, the fact remains that with government support massive educational interventions can take place. The Chinese example demonstrates how parent education can be placed into the forefront of a nation's agenda and how literally millions and millions of parents can be given the opportunity to learn about parenting in a systematic way over a period of number of years.


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