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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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Share No 'Try' Classes For English
2017-10-29 18:32
No 'Try' Classes For English
Any professional teacher knows that a student can't 'try' a class and know what the class is about it. In English training, it takes years to develop the skills and knowledge needed to master the language. Usually, it takes 3 years for our students to become good enough at using English in order not need translation in the class. Yet, I still have people wanting to come and 'try' a free class. I don't allow it. First, if they can know whether my system is good or not based upon attending one ...
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Share Avoid This Kind of English Training
2017-10-29 16:28
There is no shortage of educational training centers in every city in China. I know, that here in Zhengzhou, there are several on nearly every block. There are good ones and ones that aren't so good. During my walks every day, I pass English training centers. What's interesting to me is when I stop outside to listen to the class and I hear almost no English being spoken. When I was in college (several decades ago), I took Spanish. I was required to take it to earn my liberal arts de ...
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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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