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Share Excellence In English Education
2018-6-21 15:36
I led a school in Texas, USA, for 15 years before coming to China. It was a very successful school of several hundred students. Graduates excelled in major universities and colleges. I sold the school and property and took semi-retirement. That's how I finally landed in China in 2011. Since coming here, I've experienced far more success than I expected. I didn't plan to stay here more than a year, but, was compelled to due to the lack of quality English education that I observed. Students an ...
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Share Brilliant Chinese Parents
2018-6-20 06:01
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 s ...
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Share Amazing Chinese Student
2018-6-15 04:13
Amazing Chinese Student
Yesterday was the most interesting of days. Being half way around the world from your home and choosing to do what you can to make a difference in the lives of Chinese children can be both exhilarating and sometimes, exhausting. Here is how my day unfolded. It started out with plans to go to the hospital to get checked out regarding some pain that I'm feeling in my body. It was nearly noon and we knew that there likely wouldn't be any doctors available. So, I went to a professional massage th ...
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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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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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