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Argument: Open borders for students would offer liberal educations to students from illiberal countries

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Chinese students benefit from liberal educations, open criticism and dialogue

  • Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education (UK). "Chinese International Students’ Perceptions of the Problem-Based Learning Experience". 2005 - "Abstract [:] Problem-based learning (PBL) has been proved to be effective in building the necessary skills and personal qualities that employers are looking for. This paper reports on an exploratory study of Chinese international students’ perceptions of their PBL experience in tourism-related courses at universities in the UK. The findings suggested that the students found the PBL more interactive than their old learning style, and allowed them to learn on their own. However, some negative perceptions were also expressed. In particular, the students had a large psychological obstacle when it came to debating a subject with their lecturers."
    • Counter-argument:Student exposure to foreign educational systems can often lead to "culture shock"
      • While this article does show negative feelings on the part of these Chinese students regarding debating lecturers, is this not a good or necessary step toward them being able to stand up, be critical, and voice their positions? Is this not a necessary step, albeit shocking, for teaching Chinese students the values of liberal, open forums of discussion. The real problem is not that the UK learning style evoked these negative emotions, but that the Chinese educational system is so repressive of dissent and discussion.

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