Luohu has published an action plan on family education reform (2018-20) in order to solicit public opinions.
Under the plan, parents, grandparents and other family members are encouraged to take part in family education, in a bid to form a mechanism fostering lifelong learning for not only the younger generation, but also adults.
In regard to children, education should be carried on three fronts — home, society and school. However, for a long time, the home and society aspects of education have been ignored. The excessive emphasis on school education has placed an undue burden on both children and teachers, according to officials of Luohu District Education Bureau.
The purpose of the action plan is to encourage society to squarely face up to the issue, and prompt family members, particularly parents, to assume their duties as a child's first teachers.
Luohu government is offering some online courses to assist parents in undertaking this task, and has included family education courses as part of its public service system. Almost all relevant departments, ranging from education to social organizations, are encouraged to take part in the construction of the online family education system.
Covering various subjects related to practical life, the courses will be customized for learners of different ages, and will lay special emphasis on the due role of adults and stimulating learner interest and a desire to fully engage in the process.
A scoring system will be created to reflect results of the education platform.
Some off-line lectures and activities related to family education and parenting will also be organized to promote exchanges among families. Experts on education and educational psychology will be invited to participate in these events.
At the same time, public kindergartens, schools, and community schools in Luohu also offer training and guidance for parents and grandparents to improve their professionalism as home tutors.
The online and off-line systems can cover all of the 83 residential communities of Luohu, which began promoting home education in 2013, when its Hongling Primary School elected a parent committee. The committee has played an important role in raising parental awareness of the importance of family education. In the second year, a total of 77 primary and middle schools in Luohu had elected their own parental committee.
The Cuibei Experimental Primary School organizes parental evening courses after school every Friday to promote the concept of family education, forming a constructive interaction with school education.
School headmaster Li Wei said: "Parental courses cannot solve all problems emerging for home education. However, it is our hope that it can help parents to grow up together with their offspring."