Essay about Tibetan Education
Since 1951, education in Tibet has changed dramatically through the Chinese government’s hyper-political agenda. Depending on the source, some view the changes as great improvement to the educational system, and others are gravely concerned. The positive view is that of the Chinese policy-makers and the fear comes from Tibetans who see that their culture is being drained from the classroom. The central Chinese government wants to completely assimilate the Tibetans by removing their true history and religion from lessons and selectively choosing the physical representations of culture that serve to decorate schools for Tibetan students in inner-China. I am going to explore the different schooling …show more content…
Apart from Buddhist learning, it was possible to study Tibetan language and medicine, astronomy, calendar calculation, painting and other branches of knowledge. Because of this, there was the abnormal phenomenon that ‘temples were schools, and religion was equivalent to education.’ Tibetan education was controlled by the monasteries, and monks were societies intellectuals.8
The Chinese government has completely redefined the education system for minorities, imposing the Chinese ideology and eliminating Tibetan Buddhism from the classroom, historically the pillar of Tibetan education.
The government officials justify their activity in