IN ancient China, outstanding scholars, known as zhuang yuan, held respectable positions in society. In order to become one, citizens spent years poring over classical texts, and mastering calligraphy and poetry to pass imperial examinations.
Upon passing, they would be elevated to elite status for education was a luxury, given the scarcity of information then. Fast forward to the technologically superior 21st century, where information is accessible at our fingertips. While a majority of our students nowadays can read and write, they don’t read much beyond school books.