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Share 'Adversity Factor' Added For College Entrance Exam
2019-5-20 14:36
There are two entrance exams available to students who are seeking admission into American colleges. There is the SAT and the ACT. For international students, in addition, most will need to take either the TOEFL exam or the IELTS exam to assess English proficiency. Last year, about 2.1 million students took the SAT while just over 1.9 million took the ACT. Nonetheless, the SAT has been the most well-known of the two exams for quite some time. A few years ago, the SAT scoring structu ...
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Share Is America or China Great?
2019-5-18 08:42
I've not published a blog on China Daily for quite some time. Frankly, I read China Daily every day (sometimes, every word of every page). There seemed to be such an 'anti-American' sentiment in so many stories, I feared even writing here. Recently, I've changed my mind. I've lived in China for 8 years. I'm in Hong Kong presently trying to get a new visa. The hotel has a copy of China Daily, Hong Kong edition, nearly every day on the coffee/tea table in the lobby. I've not only lived in C ...
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Share Life-Long Learning
2018-10-4 01:56
Many people quit their formal education after just 12 years. Others go on from 4 to 8 years more. However, everyone should dedicate themselves to be life-long learners. I just turned 60 years old in September. It is hard for me to believe that I'm this age. However, my zeal and zest for learning has only increased with age. I study more, read more and learn more now than I did when I was in college. I'm an educator. Any teacher, professor or educator of any kind, certainly should be dedic ...
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Share Brilliant Chinese Parents
2018-6-20 06:01
A child's education is totally in the hands of their parents. No one has more influence and determines the results more than the parents. Teachers can and do 'influence' what happens in a child's education, but, parents determine the outcome. I've been deeply involved in the English education of Chinese children for 7 years. I came to China (Zhengzhou) on August 25, 2011. I came at the invitation of a university dean. He knew that I'd owned a school in America and that I'd been featured for s ...
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Share Cellphones in the Classroom
2018-5-28 20:41
The biggest controversy today in education is regarding kids bringing cellphones to school. One school in eastern China, takes the phones from the kids and destroys the phones. Another spends a few hours before school begins, frisking students and searching for weapons or cellphones. With President Xi's call for innovation and technology to expand in China, education is a place where both can be very useful. Just in the school that I teach several classes a week, we have followed technologica ...
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Share Can Chinese Education Change?
2018-5-9 15:33
My 11th grade students often want to engage in open debate on certain subjects. Of course, they want to do it in English. It challenges their English skills and enhances their fluency abilities. Today, they asked me questions about Western education. They particularly are interested in the differences in their education and an 11th grade student in America. Most of them had dim views about Chinese education. Part of the trouble is (1) they don't know much about Western education (the positive ...
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Share 5 Habits That Will Make Your Life Lighter and Happier
2018-5-3 03:03
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” ~ Bruce Lee I love to keep things simple. Why? I focus on what is important and what is essential. 1. Don't Sweat The Small Stuff Years ago, I was giving a speech at the World Wellness Convention in Austin, Texas. I met another speaker there, Dr. Richard Carlson. He had written a little book that was extreme ...
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Share You Don't Know China
2018-4-29 07:57
You Don't Know China
I have decided to write another book. This time, it will be about China and the amazing experience I've had here living in Henan Province. I've already had inquires into doing a film documentary on this subject. My working title is, 'You Don't Know China'. Western people, especially Americans, do not know China. They think that they do, but, unless they've lived here like I have for the past 7 years, they know almost nothing of the real China. They don't know the wo ...
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Share Is 'West' Best?
2018-2-5 17:56
I recently watched a video produced here in China, about the industrial revolution of China. America had her own industrial revolution about 100 years ago. With Deng's 'opening up' from 1978, Chinese looked to the West to understand an open economy. With this look westward, they also set out to understand western mechanisms of industry and technology. Along with many other things, this resulted in emulation of Western technology, innovation and economic norms. As a student of history, I also ...
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Share You Misunderstood Me
2017-11-7 09:41
I read an article by a Chinese English teacher/blogger/philosopher a few days ago who was talking about the difference of how many Chinese think (I don't believe that 'all' Chinese do this even though I have personally experienced it many times) compared to how most Westerners think. One point made me chuckle with agreement. It said, "Most Chinese are quick to say, 'You misunderstood me.' Most Westerners say, 'Sorry. I misunderstood you.'" Very true. He went on to say, "Most West ...
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MichaelM

Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.

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  • 'Adversity Factor' Added For College Entrance Exam 2019-5-21 23:04

    The US do not have any problems of college education that Chinese people have. Even now China is faced with the loss of students because some of them choose to study outside China, the expansion of colleges has resulted in the lower quality of education. Lastest news reports that even retired soldiers, new generation of farmers and jobless workers could be directly enrolled into vocational colleges, which will certainly worsen the scenario.

  • 'Adversity Factor' Added For College Entrance Exam 2019-5-21 21:39

    GVTCC: Very interesting and informative, can't wait to read the next part. By the way, "am more well aware of" could be "am better aware of&qu ...
    No, the original saying sounds pleasant to ears!

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