天游平台报道，A famous translator, Xu Yuanchong says：The more you know, the better you become. Each language has its own history. Each has its own unique role. You cancel English subjects, but English ideas can not be eliminated. Chinese thought also includes a part of English concepts.Chinese culture is so great that it really is all-encompassing. A monotone world couldn't have gone this far, if there were only one culture or thought in the world. Mr. Xu, who has studied both Chinese and Western languages, has spent his life immersing in the ocean of languages of different countries. He does not worry about temporary gains and losses, but stands in the perspective of the development and integration of human civilization. Although his answer did not directly refer to the gaokao and basic English education, it was very specific and got to the essence of the matter. the debate over canceling English subjects In recent years, there are more and more arguments about the abolition of English in primary and secondary schools, or the status of English as a major subject.Some people think that English is too difficult, and many students can not improve their English scores, resulting in a decline in their overall scores.Others believe that English subjects occupy too much of students' precious time and affect their overall quality development.Some pragmatists think it is a waste of time to spend so much energy on learning English, since many people cannot use it in their daily life.During the two sessions this year, Xu Jin, member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) , also proposed to reform the status of English as a compulsory course in compulsory education. His reason is as follows:While English takes up about 10 percent of class hours, less than 10 percent of university graduates use the language at work, he said.Moreover, smart translation devices can offer sophisticated translation services and in the age of artificial intelligence, translators will be among the top 10 professions to be eliminated, he added. "I don’t mean don't learn English," Xu explained. "I mean don't let everyone learn English and only a few people can use it."Opposition to the abolition of English as a major subject is also widespread.One of the main ideas is that English is not just a subject, but a window into another culture. Learning English helps broaden your horizon and train your mind.
Zhang Lianzhong, a professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University said:The Ministry of Education made English a compulsory course from third grade in 2001. The decision had proved to be a smart one as hundreds of millions of Chinese students have broadened their horizons and improved their cultural awareness and critical thinking ability through learning the language.In 2001, the Ministry of Education decided to make English a compulsory course starting from the third grade of primary school. Facts have proved that this is a wise decision, which has exposed nearly 100 million children to English, which has played a good role in broadening students' horizons, cultivating cultural awareness and thinking training. Another point of view is that today, as China moves closer to the center of the world stage, it is of great significance to be able to work and communicate fluently in English so that the world can better understand China.Some people think that it is a short-sighted behavior not to learn English because you will not need it in the future.There are also concerns that abolishing the status of English as a major subject will further widen the gap between urban and rural students' English proficiency. Xiong Bingqi, president of the 21st Century Education Research Institute, also said:Removing English as a core subject will only result in greater imbalances between urban and rural students in English proficiency as urban students will more likely resort to costly after-school training to learn the language.Abandoning the status of English as the main course will only lead to greater differences in the English proficiency of urban and rural students, because urban students are likely to spend money on extracurricular training classes to learn English.But Xiong also mentioned the problem of reforming the exam-oriented education system:The key is to reform China's exam-oriented education system so that English teaching will focus on improving students' language skills, not exam-taking ability.