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Share China Or USA: Which Offers A Better LIfe?
2013-4-16 03:39
Nearly every Sunday morning, I attend and volunteer teaching English at an English Corner just west of the campus of Zhengzhou University. Many people ask me questions about English and western culture. Last Sunday, a man asked me, "Michael, do you think life is better in China for people or in the USA?" Wow! What a question. First, I am an American. I love my country. I'm also a very positive person and always want to find what's good about everything that I can. Second, ...
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Share 21 Words That Will Transform Your Life
2013-4-16 02:40
Just try to be the best person you can be. That's all that is expected of any human being. 21 words that can transform your life experience into one of all that life is meant to be. "Treat others as you want to be treated, be positive about life, show kindness, be generous, choose happiness and show love." (21 words)
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Share Who's Responsible For Good Education?
2013-4-15 07:31
I talked to many teachers every week. They ask questions like 'how to teach', 'what do you do that makes students love and respect you?', 'how can I improve my teaching and effectiveness?' An ancient Chinese quote (some attribute this quote to the Japanese) says, "There are no bad students; only bad teachers." Another famous saying is, "The teacher can open the door, but, the student must walk through it." So who is really responsible for students' learning in school? Is it the student who's ...
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Share Can Anyone Guarantee Your Success?
2013-4-14 23:52
"If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve." - Lao Tzu It was the famed humorist and author, Mark Twain, who said, "I'm not much afraid of dying since I was dead for billions and billions of years before I was born and I have never been much inconvenienced by it." Courage isn't the absence of fear. It is feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Everyone feels fear. When given the 'flight or fight' options, most of us would rather 'take flight'. We don't wan ...
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Share Saving Face Or Telling The Truth?
2013-4-14 23:19
"Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods." Confucius Recently, a former colleague of mine contacted me with a big problem she was facing. Her boss had told her that she must tell a lie to another co-worker. The boss had failed to contact the co-worker regarding a very important matter. The co-worker discovered the omission and was adversely affected by it. The boss told my former colleague that she ...
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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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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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