[Mosaic - Reading In The Genres] Child Care In China [Questions & Answers]



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1. What can you infer about Chinese culture from the way they bring up their children?
Ans. From the Chinese culture, we can infer that the Chinese people give a lot of time and importance in making sure that their child gets the best education and knowledge as he grows day by day. The Chinese people are pretty much advanced and knowledgeable on how to well bring up their children's.

2. How is the structure of group activities and performance designed to teach cultural values to the children?
Ans. The structure of group activities and performances is designed in such a way that no child will be discriminated against on the basis of how well he or she does or performs it. The main aim is that each and every one of them will be self-confident enough to perform it without any hesitation. Also, they will be able to learn more about their own culture passed on from generation to generation.

3. Why is it significant that the Chinese children do without different kinds of toys and for the most part must entertain each other?
Ans. It is significant that the Chinese children do without different kinds of toys so that each of them will have the same type of toy so that they won't fight if one has a better one and the other has a less good one. It is also practiced to make them be helpful to each other and openly share their stuff with those who don't have it.

4. How do "loss of face, "shame" and "guilt" before the group play an important role in shaping the character of Chinese children from their very earliest years?
Ans. Loss of face, shame, and guilt before the group play is always an important part of shaping the character of Chinese children because as they are very young, these factors are common factors that will be seen as they grow up to an adult. Hence Loss of face, shame, and guilt before the group play help these young children's to overcome these factors when they are an adult.

5. Why is it significant that the blocks children play with are purposely made to be too heavy for any single child to pick up and move? How does this teach children the culturally desired values of co-operation, sharing, and altruism?
Ans. The blocks that the children play with are purposely made to be too heavy for any single child to pick up so that the child develops a habit of teamwork which is a very important factor towards any person who goes onto his adulthood. Since the blocks are purposely made heavy, the child will not be able to pick it up by himself which will lead him to ask help from other children's promoting teamwork among them. Through this, the children learn the culturally desired values of co-operation, sharing, and altruism.

6. What is revealing about the way Chinese teachers handled the disruptive behavior of the hyperkinetic child?
Ans. When there is a child with disruptive behavior, Chinese teachers do not punish them. Instead, the teachers make that child correct his own mistake which shows that the teachers know how well to bring up a child in a proper manner.

7. Why is it significant that the Chinese teachers join in the games with the children rather than simply supervise them? Why is it also significant that children, when unsupervised, manage to settle their own disputes as in the case of the girls jumping ropes?
Ans. The teachers join in the games with the children so that they will be confident and open enough to play and also have a friendly relationship with elders. It is also significant that the children's when unsupervised manage to settle their own disputes as in the case of the girls jumping ropes as they are well thought on how to solve small problems on their own, instead of being dependent on others.


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