It’s common for us to praise countries like China, Japan, and Korea on their teaching methods. Of course, their math scores frequently deliver a spanking to American children and the future of American students gets even gloomier from there. The results are in the numbers and the proof is ample, but this educational success doesn’t come without a cost. As we attempt to compete academicaly, and globably, this cost has been (or is still being) experienced by American students with mixed responses from their administrators. At least the few administrator I’ve talked to were not full of praise about their new exam-based system. Continue reading From Chinese Public School to University to Workforce
Some days are tough; personally, socially, professionally… the easy out bubbles to the surface <just QUIT> But, I’ve had enough experience with quitting to know that it doesn’t help. That is why I’ve written the following proverbs on post-its and kept them next to my computer screen. They are an eye-opening, fresh breath of air for me. I’ve also shared them with my students and people I care about.
“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.”
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”
“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
(Hindu Prince Gautama Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)