Borrowing ideas across borders: Lessons from the academic advocacy of "chinese-english bilingual education" in China

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Thirty-six years ago, the eminent American educational psychologist Benjamin S. Bloom lamented innocence in education and remarked that 'If I could have one wish for would be the systematic ordering of our basic knowledge in such a way that what is known and true can be acted on, while what is superstition, fad, and myth can be recognized as such' (1972, p.∼334). Bloom's wish for "putting our house in order" and criticism of superstition, fads, and nostrums in education are no less relevant today, when the ever-accelerating global flow of ideas, knowledge, institutions, practices, and discourses spawns unprecedented opportunities to introduce new educational panaceas from abroad, especially from the "Center," the developed Western industrial countries, to the "Periphery", the developing or underdeveloped countries. As elegantly argued by Bloom, 'It is we educators who must look to our own field to ask why we have so much difficulty in distinguishing between myth and reality, or between sound remedies and worthless panaceas' (p.∼334). In keeping with Bloom's exhortation, this chapter critically analyzes the academic advocacy of "Chinese-English bilingual education/instruction", a recently introduced language education initiative in the pre-collegiate sector of the Chinese education system that involves using English to teach non-language school subjects to majority-language students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation Across Borders
Subtitle of host publicationPolitics, Policy and Legislative Action
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781402094101
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Bilingual education
  • Bilingualism
  • Chinese-english bilingual education/instruction
  • Educational reform
  • English language teaching
  • English proficiency
  • English-medium instruction
  • Globalization
  • Medium of instruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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