What does an education get you?

In ancient times in China, education was the only way out of poverty — in recent times it has been the best way. China’s economic boom and talk of the merits of hard work have created an expectation that to study is to escape poverty. But these days China’s higher education system only leads to jobs for a few, educating a new generation to unemployment and despair.


Directed by Weijun Chen. Produced by Don Edkins.
Production company: Steps International. Running time: 59.00 min 


“In China, the most lucrative Industry is Education.” Wang Zhenxiang, Tutor, Hongbo Education.
There is a worldwide economic crisis, but everywhere parents are told that their children may escape the worst if they are educated, and everywhere children are pressured to climb the rungs of the ladder and acquire the totem of middle class life – a university education. But does education secure what it is supposed to? Can a degree really get you out of poverty?

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