The Origin of FutureChina
The regional and intergenerational disparity of educational resources among high schools in Southwestern areas shocked me when I went to Wu Zhongliang High School as a visiting student together with my friend Kang Weiyang in Lezhi County in Sichuan Province. However, it is only an epitome of educational inequality in China.
The Regional Disparity means that in developed regions, high schools hold a large portion of high-quality educational resources, and it continues to attract an increasing number of excellent students and teachers, contributing to the Matthew Effect.
Meanwhile, the Intergenerational Disparity means that children born in families with superior conditions can take part in greater courses and after-class activities, which can ensure them to improve comprehensive qualities. This virtuous circle enables that children from these families to receive good education, and inherit their parents’ abundant property. Unfortunately, it is almost unimaginable for students born in poor families.
In the conditions mentioned above, based on the regional and intergenerational disparity, the education for high school students has formed a closed circle, which constitutes the essential reason for educational inequalities.
With the rising rate of autonomy enrollment system and the trend of going abroad to pursue further study, it is much more possible that students without such great educational resources would fail this competitive race. As the gaokao champion in Beijing says, “it is more and more difficult for students in rural regions to be admitted to top universities. The winners of the exams are people like me, living in families with good conditions.” His words reflect the fact. However, for students who are not competent enough, they are not the ones who have to shoulder the responsibilities to solve this problem: we are supposed to provide social support for them.
Thus, since 2014, members of FutureChina organized or took part in teaching projects to be a volunteer in their hometown, and handed out free brochures to share their study experience, summing to 10,000 copies. In 2016, <Here We Set Off> was published, displaying a variety of outstanding students’ life stories to high school students, which sold hundreds of copies and was in the stack of Fudan Universtiy, Sidhuan University and so on. By employing the profits of this book, the group of FutureChina was finally set up and officially registered in China. It marked the beginning of the long march of ameliorate the educational status quo.