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Brilliant Chinese Parents

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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 several years by the number one language training company in the USA. He wanted me to help him develop an advanced English training system for teachers and students.

When I came here, I only planned to stay a year and then go back to my comfortable life in America. However, I quickly saw the need for quality English education. I decided to stay. I wanted to do what I could to help the children.

I didn't know that I could make the impact that I have made. Through thousands of classes and thousands of students, the results have surprised me.

One of my students was accepted and went on to achieve her dreams at Harvard University. Another student who studied with me for 2 years, went on to a full paid scholarship at Princeton University. A heart surgeon who came to me for 2.5 years went on to get accepted into a program at the world famous Johns Hopkins Medical School. He studied a new, advanced heart surgery procedure that will save hundreds of thousands of lives in China. 

It is now common to see my students getting TOEFL scores of 110 or more. My most recent high school student earned a 1520 on the SAT (American gaokao). This score put him in the top half of the top 1% of all students from all over the world who took the exam. All of our students at No. 19 Middle School's International Department get accepted into top 120 colleges/universities in America, Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

I've found a formula that gets very high ranking results (in learning English) for my students here in Henan.

I would like to tell you that I should receive all of the credit for their success. However, it would be a lie. I don't. I guided them; they did the work; most importantly, their parents cooperated with me in a flawless way in order to achieve these results. Without the hard work of the student and the full cooperation and trust of the parents, I wouldn't have these results to talk about.

Parents' decisions and more importantly, their attitudes, determine the success or failure of the child. Intelligent parents know that they must cooperate with the teacher in order for their child to succeed. All of the students that I've seen achieve these amazing accomplishments, have had parents that fully cooperated with me as their child's English teacher.

Sadly, there are some parents who make decisions of being uncooperative with the teacher. I've encountered a few of them. Fortunately, their aren't many parents like this. Usually it is 3-4% of parents who feel they know more than the teacher. 

For the first time in several years, I recently experienced this with a few parents. Out of 120 parents, I encountered about 5-6 parents who decided to complain about how they thought their child should be learning. I quickly invited these parents to go elsewhere to seek their child's English education. I have principles that I abide by and which are essential to students' success. If a parent feels that they know better than me regarding how to teach English to their child, then, they need to go do that. I'm only focused on students whose parents want the results that I continue to produce with my students.

Brilliant parents have one goal in mind. Their goal is their child's success. What I have found in China is, there are many amazing students here. They know hard work and diligence. They are highly intelligent and with proper guidance, they will achieve their dreams and goals. However, unless the parent is also smart enough to look for and find the teacher who can guide them to those goals and dreams, then, the students' potential will never be realized.

I'm lucky. I'm lucky to be in China doing what I do. It isn't hard work for me. It is delightful work to help Chinese children. I'm lucky that the vast majority of parents are wonderful and fully cooperate with the instruction that I give their children. It gives me a lot of hope for the future of education (especially English education) in this great country.

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Reply Report parcher 2018-6-20 20:37
i was asked to teach my collegues daughter english, because her teacher was doing such a poor job (his words ) i tried to put him straight that rome wasnt built in a day then declined his offer. i am not a teacher, but have been asked a few times from parents annoyed their kids are not learning faster english
Reply Report MichaelM 2018-6-21 14:40
parcher: i was asked to teach my collegues daughter english, because her teacher was doing such a poor job (his words ) i tried to put him straight that rome w ...
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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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