Money can't replace education

Updated: 2014-11-03 07:54

(China Daily)

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China's economic transformation has given society a good opportunity to pay more attention to the other aspects of life, which have been ignored for long, such as knowledge, culture and morality, says an article in Yangtze Evening News. Excerpts:

Beijing Evening News recently quoted a primary school student as saying that the wealth his family had was enough for three generations to live comfortably without having to work hard. His family has 14 houses in Beijing, 12 of which are rented out. The boy said: "I can live a decent life as a landlord in the future. Why should I take the trouble of going to school?"

The boy has raised a question highly relevant to the times. Why should children born with a silver spoon in their mouths go to school? And what is the use of education in today's society? The answers vary from person to person.

A child is sent to school to acquire knowledge and skills not only to live a better life, but also to understand life better. Therefore, the idea that a child does not need to acquire education if it is born in a wealthy family is dangerous for the country and society.

Yet such harmful ideas are polluting Chinese society, where money talks louder than knowledge. The government should take cognizance of such social pollution and institute measures to disseminate healthy knowledge among children. As a country that is determined to pursue technological innovation, China should not only emphasize economic growth, but also highlight the importance of knowledge and culture.