The Chinese World View: Beyond Confucianism and Daoism

China’s rapid rise to world power status over the last 30 years requires teachers and students to examine the dynamic between traditional Chinese belief systems and the attitudes shaped by swift economic and social changes. While I believe it is still critical to teach students about Confucianism and Daoism, it is equally important to understand that China is a rapidly changing society and foundational beliefs are being challenged by contemporary economic and social forces. I will include specific suggestions and resources to aid teachers in bringing these topics to the grades 6-8 classroom.