I’m certainly not in favour of ranks of young people chanting “we must get into college.”
This is partly because, having seen the inside of many (Western) universities, I’m not sure they do a particularly special job of educating our young people. This applies even to the big-name, high-prestige institutions where undergraduates no longer get much face-to-face access to Professors.
That said, this article about the aspirations of the Chinese people is interesting.
They really do seem to have the ambition to ensure that, through hard work, even people with less than stellar academic backgrounds can achieve real success.
“…anyone can create an education system where a few at the top succeed, the real challenge is to push through the entire cohort.
In China […] this means using the best teachers in the toughest schools. ”