Ningbo Government Attempts to Mass-Produce “Steve Jobs” with a 50-Million Yuan Educating Program
Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc.,
died on Oct. 5th due to respiratory arrest.
As the public looks forward to the emergence of “the next Jobs”,
the local government of Ningbo, Zhejiang province in China,
announced an educational program for the gifted and talented,
aimed at “cultivating abilities for 1,400 future Steve Jobs”
with a investment of more than 50 million Yuan.
Scholars made comments that the social environment in China
won』t allow any “Steve Jobs” to fully develop;
hence the Ningbo government』s program could be nothing
but a flashy show.
Recently, many Chinese media sources reported that
the Ningbo government carried out a proposal called
“Opinions towards implementation of the educational program
for gifted and talented people in Ningbo”.
According to this plan, 50 million Yuan will be spent to
cultivate leadership and creativity for 1,400 people every five years.
Currently, 700 people qualified for the first round.
The dissident writer Chen Shuqing from Zhejiang province
said that it is free competition and
a well-ordered legal system in the US that nurtured Steve Jobs
and helped cultivate his company, Apple.
Steve Jobs became Steve Jobs because of his own creativity,
as well as the power of his company.
Such social conditions paved the way for his expression;
his ability is something that would never have been born out of education alone.
Chen Shuqing:“Steve Jobs is a human, not a product.
For any human being to prove his worth,
the most important thing is to provide him an environment
which guarantees free market, fair competition and well-established social order.Such an environment protects freedom of contract,
private property, and personal dignity in a free market, thus it stimulates personal creativity to develop and bloom.”
IT commentator Yang Xiaowen from Beijing made comments
in a similar tone.
“Steve Jobs grew out of the economic environment in the US
and his personal surroundings.
Compared to the Chinese, Americans in general bear more open
and free minds;
that』s why it was reasonable for Steve to emerge naturally
in the US, rather than being 『produced』 by any government programs”.
Yang Xiaowen:”Steve knew what kind of products to develop,
and he knew what kind of products could meet the future needs of consumers.
His talents and insights are innate, not learned.”
Yang Xiaowen further said that, “it is the education system
in China which suppresses the creativity of Chinese students”.
He believes that a “Steve Jobs” won』t appear in China
in the distant future.
Yang Xiaowen:“The education systems, as well as the
opinions of parents in China compared with parents in the US, are quite different.
Chinese parents usually only care about their children』s
In comparison, American families and society focus less on
They pay more attention to the development of children』s
own opinions and creativity.
So it is the exam-oriented education system in China
which stifles our children』s creative abilities.”
The famous independent China watcher, financial and
social commentator Gong Shengli attributes the absence of a “Steve Jobs” in China to the political regime.
Gong Shengli:“The political framework, including the
built-in rules enforced by the CCP』s one-party dictatorship
would in nature forbid any genius like Steve Jobs
to develop his ability.
If Steve were born in China, he would either be incorporated
into state-owned agencies or
become leaders of political bodies such as the National People』s
Congress or Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
Even if Steve』s company was a great success in China
like Apple (in the US), the CCP government would surely
claim its success as the “success of China” and
use it as part of its global propaganda strategy.”
Gong Shengli said that, “the CCP does not allow
non-state-owned properties to exceed state-owned ones.
Private companies are never encouraged to grow up under
such monopolization; especially after the financial crisis in 2008,
the state-owned companies have developed
their business quickly outside China,
meanwhile the space for private companies to make profit
was even more suppressed inside China;
We have seen recently that many private companies went
bankrupt in Wenzhou due to the civilian mortgage crisis, which inevitably happened under such conditions.”
Gong Shengli added that not even one global leader
in academics or business has come out of China after the CCP seized power in 1949.
Almost all the Chinese great masters emerged during the time
when Republic of China governs the mainland.
NTD reporters Chang Chun, Song Feng and Wang Mingyu