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DILEMMA, THE: EXTRA-CURRICULAR INSTITUTIONS IN CHINA

What to know: The film offers a very interesting insight to education in China.
DILEMMA, THE: EXTRA-CURRICULAR INSTITUTIONS IN CHINA is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 12-18
15 minutes
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HUANSHUO WANG
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The Dilemma: Extra-Curricular Institutions offers a very interesting insight to education in China. I enjoyed learning about their educational culture.

This documentary was made by a high school student in China and shows the various activities available for Chinese students, discussing the benefits vs. the negatives of such learning. China has over 200,000 extra-curricular institutions, and extracurricular education is now an important part of Chinese students' life. However, its commercial nature, training mode and teaching method are controversial.

I like that the film clearly examines the various options and reasons for attending classes such as these, as well as the pressures on students that choose to participate or determine they are not suited for them. The film cleverly addresses both sides of the dialogue and concern. The camera work is good, as is the audio recording. There are sometimes some lighting issues. The interviews, from teachers and students are well filmed and easy to view. English subtitles are used when the people are speaking Chinese. We hear both teachers and students express their points of view and they seem to be expressing real opinions. There are plenty of locations and visuals to illustrate the discussion. The music played during the ending credits works very well.

The order in which the film is presented makes sense, although at times it feels a bit repetitious and drags for the viewer. I like the passion of the educators for teaching not only educational skills but life skills as well.

The message of the film is: think before you do something. Ask yourself if you are doing it for the right reasons or only because others are doing the same.

I give The Dilemma: Extra-Curricular Institutions 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. By Richard L., KIDS FIRST!

The Dilemma: Extra-Curricular Institutions offers a very interesting insight to education in China. I enjoyed learning about their educational culture.

This documentary was made by a high school student in China and shows the various activities available for Chinese students, discussing the benefits vs. the negatives of such learning. China has over 200,000 extra-curricular institutions, and extracurricular education is now an important part of Chinese students' life. However, its commercial nature, training mode and teaching method are controversial.

I like that the film clearly examines the various options and reasons for attending classes such as these, as well as the pressures on students that choose to participate or determine they are not suited for them. The film cleverly addresses both sides of the dialogue and concern. The camera work is good, as is the audio recording. There are sometimes some lighting issues. The interviews, from teachers and students are well filmed and easy to view. English subtitles are used when the people are speaking Chinese. We hear both teachers and students express their points of view and they seem to be expressing real opinions. There are plenty of locations and visuals to illustrate the discussion. The music played during the ending credits works very well.

The order in which the film is presented makes sense, although at times it feels a bit repetitious and drags for the viewer. I like the passion of the educators for teaching not only educational skills but life skills as well.

The message of the film is: think before you do something. Ask yourself if you are doing it for the right reasons or only because others are doing the same.

I give The Dilemma: Extra-Curricular Institutions 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. By Richard L., KIDS FIRST!

China now has over 200,000 extra-curricular institutions, and extracurricular education has become an important part of Chinese students' study and life. However, its commercial nature, training mode, and teaching method have been controversial in society. This documentary focuses on the current situation of extracurricular education in Shenzhen and deeply discusses the development status and essence of extracurricular education in China through interviews with students and teachers.
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