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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 Why I Recommend Chinese Schools
2018-5-22 19:22
No matter anyone's opinion about America and their post secondary schools (colleges) and rankings, there is no denying that American colleges still dominate all of them. There is a lot of criticism regarding the revered U.S. News and World Reports ranking, so, I choose to forego it and rely more on the Shanghai list. The Shanghai list ranks 49 of the top 100 world colleges/universities in America. It is not controlled by anyone in the West and, in my opinion, is trustworthily objective. O ...
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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 Smashing Mobile Phones
2018-1-26 06:12
Smashing Mobile Phones
Recently, there was a news article about a school in eastern China that was taking the students' cellphones and smashing them to pieces. Destroying something that cost their parents a lot of money. Destroying something that could be used to advance education in an amazing way. I was contacted by a well known international news organization and asked to weigh in on this action and write a series of articles for them. The exact question was, 'How can cellphones be used to educate students?' I ...
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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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Share Chinese Students Will Conquer English
2017-11-7 09:05
Chinese Students Will Conquer English
The ancient wisdom of Confucius is timeless. His thinking has led Chinese for thousands of years. I've embedded his sayings in my own life and let them shape my character. English teaching/training seems to be one place where his wisdom is forgotten. Very few students are taught to use English. They know a lot 'about' English, but, they never master the language. They struggle. For many years they work so hard to learn, but never achieve their goal. I've met adult Chinese English learn ...
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Share Learn English: Immersion Classes
2017-10-30 05:27
Learn English: Immersion Classes
There are some excellent English training centers in China. Most are focused only on 'the exam.' They teach you shortcuts and tricks to get high scores. Though English is quite useless for those who are only concerned about scores, getting high scores is a reality for advancing in education in China. As a foreign, native English speaking teacher here, my focus is on those who want to get more than a high score. My work is with those who actually want to learn the language and use ...
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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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