By Ben Keegan
As an English teacher working in a Chinese university, I took the opportunity of the UK election to introduce my students to a little something called democracy. They didn’t relish this as much as you may think. Many of them have been successfully conditioned into believing that one-party government is the best way. However, they did enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the British system, as all of them will be travelling overseas to work or study, many of them to the UK. I have three cohorts of students: university foundation course students destined to join British universities; local government workers being sent to study in British universities; and Chinese professors planning to go overseas, mostly to America, as visiting scholars.
Socioeconomically these groups are quite divergent. The university students are largely from wealthy families who can afford to pay the high fees that British universities charge overseas students. Conversely, many of the universityRead More »from The UK election was so unfair it put my Chinese students off democracy