As China's economy develops, its products become more competitive in the global marketplace. However, the one sector in which the United States still clearly has the upper hand is that of higher education. As the middle and upper classes grow, more Chinese people are looking to spend their money on their one child's education abroad.The appeal of an American education lies in its cultivation of creativity. In an ideal American college classroom, students are allowed, if not encouraged, to question their professors' lectures. Typically, in order to graduate, students must take courses in a variety of departments outside of their major so that they leave with both depth and breadth of knowledge.
For many of the more career-oriented Chinese students, this is a bit of a culture shock. When they have the freedom to select their own courses, they ask their advisors exactly what they should enroll in, instead of browsing course offerings and making decisions according to their own interests and goals. After so many years of following one straight, narrow path to "success," they have often lost crucial decision-making abilities.