MOUNT VERNON — Imagine a school with 4,000 students. Imagine parents paying the total cost of their child’s education. Imagine 88 preschool children in one class with one teacher and no aides. Imagine going to school seven days a week, 11 months of the year. Sound like fiction? It isn’t. Those are just a few of the education system differences discovered by Knox County Career Center Superintendent Bernie Pachmayer when she visited China this past spring.
Pachmayer went to China as part of the U.S.-China Administrator Shadowing Project which is cosponsored by the China Exchange Initiative and the China Education Association for International Exchanges. After an orientation period in Beijing, Pachmayer traveled to the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, met with Chinese school administrators and visited five of their schools.