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Share Are Chinese Children Dumb or Smart?
2013-4-12 08:48
Are Chinese Children Dumb or Smart?
A few nights ago, I spent the evening with 3 foreign teachers and 4 Chinese teachers. One of the Chinese teachers had read my blog that was printed in the newspaper edition of China Daily about 'Is Western Education Better Than Eastern Education?' However, she had no idea that I was the author of it. I didn't reveal myself as the author until much later in our discussion. Then, I got out my iPad mini and showed her. They gave me many of their views on problems and advantages of ed ...
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Share Harmony In China
2013-4-11 07:15
Harmony In China
As those of you who follow my blog already know, I live in Henan in the city of Zhengzhou. The official theme of this city is 'harmony.' Now I'm a musician, songwriter and poet. So I understand how harmony works. Its different from 'melody'. Melody is the specific, perfect notes that are sung when a soloist is singing a song. Harmony are the notes that are within the same key of the song being sung, though not only the melody. I have a wonderful Chinese friend whose name is Harmony. ...
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Share Positive Attitudes Reap Success
2013-4-9 19:52
Every since I was in my 3rd year of high school, I have read personal development (also called 'self help') books. These books have shaped my life and have become a large part of who I am today. The most important part of your life, if you desire to be successful, fulfilled and happy, is, your attitude. A positive attitude is worth more than a Harvard education. It can take you places and do things for you that a Ph. D. from the greatest universities in the world cannot do for you. I've t ...
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Share Loving China
2013-4-9 19:42
I'm from Texas in the USA. I'm a native of Texas. Many of my friends there are not natives of Texas. But, they all joke about one thing by saying, "I might not have been born here, but, I came here as fast as I could." Well, I can't say that I came to China as fast as I could. But, I can say, if I'd known how much I was going to love it, I would have come here a long time ago. I've traveled to 26 countries. Outside of North America, I've been to Russia the most amoun ...
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Share Is Western Education Better Than Eastern Education?
2013-3-10 08:26
A wonderful article here on ChinaDaily said that spending for education increases annually by about 20%. As a foreign teacher here, I'm wondering how it is spent and what are the results. You can spend more money without being effective. One of my biggest questions is this: Why do children in the USA go to school 2-3 hours less each day, have very little homework, no weekend classes and still excel in education in comparison to most Chinese students? Now, in my humble opinion, Chinese students ...
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Share Daily Miracles in China
2013-3-7 15:16
Daily Miracles in China
About a month and a half ago, I was at McDonalds at Jian She Road and Tong Bai Road here in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. I was almost finished eating when another foreigner walked in. He ordered his food and got it and went and sat down. I said 'hi' and really was in a hurry to get somewhere far away. But I went over and talked to him. He asked where I am from and I told him. He pulled out his iPhone and showed me a picture of himself holding up several fish. He said, "I caught these just bel ...
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Share Living With The Spirit of Lei Feng
2013-3-4 11:31
Living With The Spirit of Lei Feng
What would a foreigner from America possibly have to say about the great patriot, Lei Feng? Well, tomorrow, March 5, is Lei Feng Day in China. It is the day that Chairman Mao designated to remember this great patriot and remind everyone in China to serve others with love and great care. Every Sunday morning since last September, I go to an English Corner about 2-3 kilometers from where I live near Zhengzhou University. I first saw this English Corner when I would take the K9 bus to teach at a ...
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Share My Bàba in China
2013-3-4 11:09
One day I got on the bus here in Zhengzhou. I'd been here maybe 3 months. Of course, being in Henan, almost everyone is staring at me. They don't see many round eyed foreigners here. I really didn't know how to ride the bus so I always sat in a seat near the front. This time, there wasn't very many people on the bus. An old man was sitting across from me staring at me. I smiled and said, 'Nǐ hǎo.' He spoke back to me. Then, the bus stopped and a (Chinese) man with very big and round eyes g ...
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Share My Life In China
2013-3-4 08:30
My Life In China
Last week, I celebrated 1.5 years since I came to China. It has been an amazing experience and one that will continue for some time to come. During that time, I've learned a lot and changed a lot. What have I learned from China, Chinese people and Chinese culture? 1. I've learned to 'let it go'. Big lesson for any Westerner. We aren't good at doing this. Chinese people are. 2. I've learned that most of the time, the agenda is, 'there is no agenda.' HA! Seriously. Very difficult for us Western ...
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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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