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Last night, I visited my favorite Amerian barbeque restaurant in the world. It is Zaxx Barbeque here in Zhengzhou. I'm a Texan (USA) and I know barbeque quite well. Zaxx is the best I've ever had. Zhengzhou is lucky to have him here.I sat at the bar to have my dinner. Two young men of color came and sat next to me. We started talking and finally introduced ourselves. One of them was named Richard and the other one is Nehemiah. Dr. Nehemiah in fact.I talked to both of them quite a bit. It seemed like we'd known each a long time. Like old friends were meeting. Soon we were laughing and enjoying our conversation.Richard was a founding associate with Michael Yu (Yu Minhong), the founder of New Oriental schools. He showed me a picture of himself and Michael Yu at Michael's mansion in Vancouver. He had worked with Michael and had become close friends with him.It was a very serendipitous meeting as I have been a fan of New Oriental's teaching styles ever since I came to China. I got to talk to someone who actually knew Michael Yu and confirm many things that I've felt were true about him for a long time.I was definitely intrigued as well by Dr. Nehemiah. First of all, his name is the same as one of the ancient prophets and wise men of Israel. Nehemiah was the 'builder of the walls' after they'd been neglected for a long time and had crumbled. Nehemiah was named by his mother. She is a woman of faith and deep belief.It has amazed me that while living in Zhengzhou, I have met several amazing people like these two. These are two more people who I've met that aren't men that aren't common. They think big. They've left their homeland and come to a distant land to help people and use their gifts to make the world a better place.I'm highly honored to know such men. I've met others here, both Chinese and foreigners, who have given their lives to the service of others and who have done amazing feats with their gifts.

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Why do we have so many quizzes?Tests, exams and quizzes require students to recall information. Most teachers test just to assess what students know. I have always believed that tests, exams and quizzes are used for learning in addition to assessing students' knowledge.In training schools, exams, tests and quizzes serve two purposes.(1) Let us know what your child doesn't know, rather than discovering what the student knows. If we can find out what your child doesn't know, then we can help them learn what they don't know.The actual biological process of learning anything involves what is called "synaptic bonding." This is easy to understand when you realize that connections and unions are being made in the brain needed to build memories. The brain's synapses connect with other people and create networks (just like computers do, except in our brains it does so naturally. ) Think about the physical location of all your native language knowledge in your brain. There is a network of synapses connected to other synapses. When we need to recall a memory (for example in a quiz, exam, or test), our conscious mind is asking for our memory (subconsciously). The effort expended to retrieve information (e.g. finding answers on tests) will make powerful connections. We are exercising the muscles of our synapses when we need to retrieve information. After this process is completed, it will be enhanced.What happens if we try to retrieve information and can't find what we need? How does this promote learning?When we fail to find the answer, our subconscious mind will focus on the task of finding the answer until we find it. When our students miss a particular question or give the wrong answer on an exam, a question is posed to the subconscious mind that will not be satisfied until the correct answer is found.That's how we use tests, exams and quizzes in the classroom. The grades they get in our class are no more important than the grades that they get at regular schools. That's why and why we use a lot of quizzes in class. Your child will learn what we want them to know faster and more effectively.为什么我们这么多测验测试,考试和测验要求学生回忆信息。大多数老师考试只是为了评估学生所知道的。我一直认为,除了评估学生的知识外,测试,考试和测验还用于学习。在培训学校中,考试,测试和测验有两个目的。(1)让我们知道您的孩子不知道的东西,而不是发现学生知道的东西。如果我们可以发现您的孩子不知道的内容,那么我们可以帮助他们学习他们不知道的内容。(2)学习任何事物的实际生物学过程都涉及所谓的“突触结合”。当您意识到建立记忆所需的大脑中正在建立联系和结合时,这些内容很容易理解。大脑的突触与其他人连接并创建网络(就像计算机一样,除了在我们的大脑中,它很自然地这样做。)想一想您大脑中所有母语知识所在的物理位置。有一个网络是由与其他突触连接的突触构建的。当我们需要回忆记忆(例如在测验,考试或测验中)时,我们的意识在要求我们的记忆(在潜意识中)。检索信息所花费的精力(例如在测试中寻找答案)将建立强大的联系。当我们需要检索信息时,我们正在锻炼突触的肌肉。完成该过程后,将对其进行增强。如果我们尝试检索信息却找不到所需的信息,会发生什么?这如何促进学习?当我们找不到答案时,我们的潜意识将专注于寻找答案直到找到答案的任务。当我们的学生在考试中错过某个特定问题或给出错误答案时,就会向潜意识提出一个问题,直到找到正确答案后,该问题才会满足。这就是我们在教室中使用测试,考试和测验的方式。他们在我们班上获得的分数并不比他们在正规学校所获得的分数重要。这就是为什么以及为什么我们在课堂上使用很多测验。您的孩子将学习我们希望他们更快,更有效地了解的知识。

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I was contacted once again by a reporter from the USA who is doing a story about China. I could tell by the absurdity of her first question that she knows virtually nothing about China. Her first question was, "What kind of forms do people have fill out in order to travel to other parts of China and how do they get permission to travel?" Not a smart question for anyone who has spent more than a week visiting China and knows what China is really like.I shared with her that Chinese people are free to go wherever they want without 'reporting' to anyone. In many ways, the Chinese are far freer than Americans or people from other Western countries. She asked me about the 'heavy police presence' in China. I told her that there is no 'heavy-police presence in China.' I'm from Texas in the USA. I come from a small town near Dallas, Texas. There is a far heavier police presence in my small hometown than I've ever seen living in China for 9 years.American and Western propaganda from both the media and the government, still believe that China resembles the old Soviet-style police state that Russia once had. I've traveled to Russia 7 times and spent a lot of time there. I've not seen in 'heavy police presence' there, but I have talked to older people who tell what it was like. It was nothing like what I see in China. The key difference in China is that China has a socialist form of government 'with distinct Chinese characteristics'. These 'characteristics' are what set China apart from any other country in the world. These 'characteristics' are what Western people don't know about nor understand.Chinese society and government work extremely well. This was most obvious during the recent coronavirus outbreak here. The government dealt with it directly and highly effectively. In fact, when we compare to what has happened in America, we can obviously see just how effective the Chinese government was in dealing with it.One question that always arises regarding China is 'human rights.' Again, when you compare China with the USA regarding just two aspects of the societies, then this issue is very obvious. Simply put, China showed their 'human rights' approach by saving tens of thousands of lives in aggressively and effectively controlling the virus. At this present time, 205,000 Americans have died from the virus. Less than 4700 Chinese died from it even though China has 4 times the population of the USA.The other aspect that reveals China's 'human rights' policies compared to America is the issue of gun control. Guns aren't allowed in China (guns are also not allowed in Japan, Korea, Australia, the U.K., and most other civilized countries), yet more than a third of Americans own guns. It is built into the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution. And, if you look at the primary reason why Americans own guns, you will find out that they own them because they fear the government. If you objectively consider politicians who want to protect Americans owning guns, those politicians who work for the government are supporting the right for people to protect themselves from the U.S. government. They are saying, "You need a gun to protect you from us."  It's really insane when you think about it.Of course, the other side of the gun ownership problem in America is violent crime. This issue is exacerbated by the 'human rights' issues regarding racism. And not only racism but violence against children such as we've seen in the massive school shootings.Living in China for nearly a decade has caused me to take a long hard look at America. Of course, America that we have today is far different from the America we had just 4 years ago. Things are far worse now than before. But, as I've heard American media and politicians criticize Chinese 'propaganda', the fact is, America is rife with full-blown propaganda about China.The average U.S. citizen believes what they are told in America and because America has 'freedom of the press', they believe that they are getting accurate information. One thing that America's current president has done is to question what he calls the 'fake news.' When it comes to reporting about China, American media and government publish tons of 'fake news.' The fact is, Americans do not know what China is really like. They know what they've been told and they believe that what they've been told is right. It is not right. Most of what they believe is wrong. Will they ever wake up to this reality? Perhaps someday. But it remains a problem even until now.

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China Is Amazing

2020-09-19

昨天,美国疾病控制中心提出了检测COVID-19的新指南。今年2月底或3月初在美国爆发了大流行。它已经在那里呆了七个月了。新来的人应该接受无症状的检查。在昨天之前,美国并没有测试那些被无症状的人接触过的人。事实上,我的继父已经90岁了,几个月前在一次医生的诊所里被曝光了。他突然开始出现呼吸道感染的症状,可能还有肺炎。然而,医生的办公室告诉他,他不需要做病毒检测。我83岁的母亲也暴露在外,医生告诉她不要做检查。这是不合理的。谢天谢地,他们都活了下来,并恢复了健康。美国疾控中心昨天做出的决定是从中国疫情一开始就制定的决定。考虑到中国没有预先警告,而且仍在发现武汉有人生病的原因,中国当局迅速封锁了武汉,并迅速采取行动控制和阻止病毒在全国的传播。我亲眼目睹了他们的所作所为,因为我住在距离武汉北部316英里(500公里)的郑州。要想充分了解中国政府所做的惊人工作,你必须看看数字(统计数字)。考虑这些事实。-中国的人口是美国的四倍-在中国,不到4700人死于该病毒-在美国有超过20万人死于这种病毒-昨晚,中国报告了32例新病例,其中大部分来自来华或回国的人(大多数不是国内病例)-昨晚,美国报告了45000多个新病例;昨天有872人死于该病美国疯狂的争论是关于是否戴面具的问题。在中国可能有一些人抵制口罩的例子,但是,他们是非常罕见的。数以万计的美国人声称,当他们被迫戴面具时,他们的权利被剥夺了。在中国,我从没听说过有人强迫人们戴口罩。中国人认为在流感大流行时戴口罩是一件合乎逻辑的事情。这在这里不是问题。中国人根本不想生病和死亡。一开始,我在美国的朋友和家人都很同情我因为病毒的爆发而留在中国。现在,他们嫉妒我。我是中国的坚定捍卫者。我爱中国。我爱中国人民。我了解到美国在许多重要方面远远落后于中国。然而,我仍然热爱美国。我是美国人。尽管如此,我绝不会相信美国在对付这种病毒方面做得这么差。他们的人口仅占世界人口的4%多一点,占全球总死亡人数的25%和25%。我很自豪能在这里教中国孩子。我对中国政府为保障人民健康和安全所做的工作感到惊讶。中国经济正在迅速复苏。几乎每个人的生活都恢复了正常中国太神奇了!!!(Baidu Translation)Yesterday, the Center for Disease Control in the USA, set forth new guidelines for testing for COVID-19. The pandemic outbreak started in America in late February or perhaps early March of this year. It has been there now for seven months.The new guidelines state that anyone who has been exposed to an asymptomatic person or symptomatic person should be tested. Prior to yesterday, the USA was not testing people who had been exposed by asymptomatic people. In fact, my step-father, who is 90 years old, was exposed during a doctor's office visit a few months ago. He unexpectedly started showing symptoms of a respiratory infection and possibly pneumonia. However, the doctor's office told him that he did not need to be tested for the virus. My 83-year-old mother was also exposed and doctors told her NOT to be tested. This is unconscionable. Thankfully, they both survived and have regained their health.The decision by the American CDC yesterday was a decision that was enacted from the very beginning of the outbreak here in China. Considering that China had no forewarning and was still discovering why people were getting sick in Wuhan, the Chinese authorities quickly locked down Wuhan and expeditiously took action to control and stop the spread of the virus throughout the country. I saw what they did first hand as I live just 316 miles (500 km) north of Wuhan in Zhengzhou.To fully understand the amazing work that the government of China did, you have to look at the numbers (statistics). Consider these facts.- China has four times the population of the USA- less than 4,700 people died from the virus in China- more than 200,000 people have died from the virus in the USA- last night, 32 new cases were reported in China; most of those came from people who were coming to or returning to China (most were not domestic cases)- last night, more than 45,000 new cases were reported in the USA; 872 people died from it there yesterdayThe insane argument in America is over the issue of whether or not to wear masks. There may have been a few instances of people resisting masks in China, but, they were very rare. Tens of thousands of Americans are claiming that their rights are being denied when forced to wear masks. I  never heard anyone forcing people to wear masks in China. The Chinese consider wearing masks a logical thing to do when there is a pandemic. It has not been an issue here. Chinese simply don't want to get sick and die.At first, my friends and family in America were pitying me for being in China due to the outbreak of the virus. Now, they are envying me.I am a staunch defender of China. I love China. I love the Chinese people. I've learned that America is far behind China in many vital and very important ways. However, I also still love America. I am an American. Nonetheless, I would never believe that America has done so poorly in dealing with this virus. With just over 4% of the world's population, they have 25% of the cases of the virus and have had 25% of the total deaths worldwide.I am proud to be here teaching Chinese children. I'm amazed at the work that the Chinese government has done to keep people healthy and safe. The economy is coming back quickly in China. Life is back to normal for nearly everyone. China is amazing!!!

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您可以为孩子的成功做的最重要的事情我在中国教英语已有9年了。我已经能够让一名学生进入哈佛。我帮助一位举世闻名的医生进入了世界著名的约翰·霍普金斯大学和美国医学研究中心的一项顶级研究计划。我帮助两个学生进入了耶鲁大学的课程。几年前,我曾帮助一位女学生进入普林斯顿大学。她去了那里并获得了全额奖学金。最近,我曾辅导的另一位研究生带着全额奖学金以及其他可观的经济利益进入了马里兰大学。当我在郑州第19中学国际部任教时,我看到那里的每个学生都进入了世界前2%的大学。我对所有这些优秀学生都观察到两个共同的方面。(1)他们都有稳定的父母。(2)他们都有父母与老师合作。让我解释。今年夏天,我们为班级增加了27名新学生。我们有50多名新生参加了我们的课程面试。我们不接受每个学生。我们喜欢保持班级规模较小,以便我们可以更加关注每个学生。我们问与我们面谈的每位学生家长的第一个问题是:“您的孩子现在在英语培训中心吗?”如果他们回答“是”,那么我们鼓励他们留在该培训中心而不动他们对我们的。孩子将他们转移到其他学校是不好的。通常,这是父母做出的最糟糕的决定。每位专业老师都知道,一个稳定的父母将是一个最有可能获得成功教育机会的孩子的父母。在担任教师30年之后,对我来说很明显的是,一个稳定的父母就是一个足够明智的父母,可以给孩子带来最大的成功优势。父母的子女取得最高成绩的另一个重要方面是父母与老师合作。父母为什么要送孩子上学而不自学呢?答案是显而易见的。如果我的学生的父母比我更懂英语,那么他们会自己做。当我回想起我在第一段中提到的所有学生时,我知道这些学生的每个父母都很稳定,并且完全按照我对孩子的指示进行合作。我在中国这里观察到的另一件事是,大约90%的父母会做这两种事情。他们很稳定,并且与老师充分合作。百分之六到百分之十的人不做这些事情,会影响他们孩子的失败。老师和父母有一个共同的目标。这个目标是看到孩子成功。当父母稳定并按照老师的指示去做时,他们的孩子最大的优势就是获得最高的分数和成功。(百度翻译)The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Child’s SuccessI’ve been teaching English in China for 9 years. I’ve been able to get one student into Harvard. I helped a nationally-known doctor get into a top research program at the world famous Johns Hopkins University and Medical Research Center in America. I’ve helped two students get into programs at Yale University. I helped a female student get into Princeton University a few years ago. She has gone there on a fully paid scholarship. Recently, another graduate student that I’ve tutored got into the University of Maryland with a fully paid scholarship along with other substantial financial benefits. As I have worked with No. 19 Middle School’s International Department here in Zhengzhou, I’ve seen every student that I’ve had there get into the top 2% of colleges in the world.There are two common aspects that I’ve observed with all of these great students.(1) They all have stable parents.(2) They all have parents who cooperate with their teachers.Let me explain.This summer, we added 27 new students to our classes. We had more than 50 new students who interviewed for our classes. We don’t accept every student. We like keeping our classes small so that we can give more attention to each student. The first question we ask each of the students’ parents who interview with us is, ‘Is your child in an English training center now?’ If they answer ‘yes’, then we encourage them to stay at that training center and not move them to ours. It is not good for the kid to move them to different schools. Most often, it is the worse decision a parent can make.Every professional teacher knows that a parent who is stable, will be the parent of a child who has the best chance of succeeding in their education. After 30 years as a teacher, it is very obvious to me that a parent who is stable is a parent who is wise enough to give their child the greatest advantage for success.Another important aspect of parents whose children have achieved the highest results is that the parent cooperates with the teacher. Why do parents send their kids to school and not teach them themselves? The answer is obvious. If the parents of my students know how to teach English better than me, then, they would do it themselves.As I reflect upon all the students that I mentioned in the first paragraph, I know that every one of those students’ parents were both stable and fully cooperative with the instruction that I gave to their child. Another thing that I’ve observed here in China is that about 90% of parents will do both of these things. They are stable and they fully cooperate with the teacher. Between 6 and 10 percent don’t do these things and will affect their child’s failure.Teachers and parents have one common goal. That goal is to see the child succeed. When parents are stable and follow the instruction of the teacher, then, their child has the greatest advantage is getting the highest scores and success.

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如何帮助您的孩子成功两周前,我已经有两年的学生告诉我,她将获得免费学费,免费住房和每年28,000美元的美国马里兰大学助学金。这项提议将为她的家人节省约30万美元或120万元人民币。她不仅将获得博士学位。在那里,但是,因为她将兼职做助教,所以她将获得教学经验,毕业后将获得大学的工作机会。在中国的第三年,我有一个学生得到了普林斯顿大学的类似录取通知书。在我的前三年,她都和我一起学习。实际上,普林斯顿大学为她提供了全额奖学金,并为母亲提供了一份工作,以便她可以陪伴她在美国的女儿。自那时以来,我们的学生被哈佛大学,耶鲁大学,南加州大学,芝加哥大学和世界其他排名前2%的学校录取。我们一直在河南省培养出前1%的英语学生。每周,我收到来自亚洲各地的人们的信息,他们要求我用英语辅导孩子。就在昨天,上海一家大型科技公司的首席执行官联系了我,要求我在线教他的孩子。我没有这样做,但是,我确实将他推荐给了拥有TESOL硕士学位(以英语为第二语言或其他语言教学)的女儿。他非常兴奋,希望立即开始。他说:“如果她是你的女儿,我知道她会是最好的。”我经常被问到的问题是:“我如何帮助我的孩子成功学习英语?”我最好的答案很简单。“找到一位在学生学习英语方面成功的老师,并按照他们告诉你的做事。与他们充分合作,您的孩子将会成功。”在中国古代,当地老师享有很高的敬意。教师受到尊重和荣誉。孔子曾经说过:“尊重老师,也尊重孩子的思想。”我发现这些天经常忽略对老师指导的尊重。有些人忽略或抹黑了老师。一些父母认为他们比老师了解更多。我有时会遇到这样的父母。这是一个巨大的错误,应不惜一切代价避免。最后,受苦的是他们自己的孩子。我回顾了在中国教过的所有成千上万的学生,并思考了我最成功的学生的父母。他们所有人都与我充分合作,并听取了我的建议和指示。父母不听从我的指示和建议,往往会造成麻烦,甚至离开我的课堂。他们中的许多人将在一两年后回来告诉我他们犯了一个错误。他们失去了两三年,孩子落后了。然后他们变得急切地想救我。坦白说,我还不够出色,无法帮助他们度过失去的岁月。同样,“尊重老师,你也尊重孩子的思想。”不尊重老师,不听从他们的指导和建议,您的孩子会遭受痛苦和失败。老师将继续教其他许多学生,他们的父母将跟随老师。父母(您)是决定孩子未来的人。(Baidu Translation)How To Help Your Child SucceedTwo weeks ago, a student that I've had for about two years told me that she'd been offered free tuition, free housing, and a $28,000 USD a year stipend to the University of Maryland in the USA. This offer will save her family about $300,000 or 1.2 million yuan. She will not only earn a Ph.D. there, but, because she'll work part-time as a teaching assistant, she'll get experience teaching and finally a job offer from the university after she graduates.In my third year in China, I had a student who got a similar offer to Princeton University. She'd studied with me all three of my first three years. In fact, Princeton gave her a full scholarship and offered her mother a job so that she could accompany her daughter in America. Since then, we've had students who were accepted to Harvard, Yale, the University of Southern California, the University of Chicago, and other top 2% schools in the world. We consistently produce the top 1% of English students in Henan Province.Weekly, I  receive messages from people all over Asia who ask me to tutor their children in English. Just yesterday, the CEO of a very large tech company in Shanghai contacted me and asked me to teach his child online. I don't do that, but, I did refer him to my daughter who has a Master's degree in TESOL (teaching English as a second or other language). He was very excited and wanted to get started immediately. He said, "If she's your daughter, I know she'll be the best."The question I'm often asked is, "How can I help my child succeed in learning English?" My best answer is simple."Find a teacher who has success with students in learning English and do what they tell you to do. Fully cooperate with them and your child will succeed."In ancient China, the local teacher had a status of high respect. Teachers were shown respect and honor. Confucius once said, "Respect the teacher and you respect the mind of your child." I find that respect for the teacher's instruction is often neglected these days. Some people ignore or discredit the teacher. Some parents think that they know more than the teacher. I sometimes meet parents like this. It is a huge mistake and one that should be avoided at all costs. In the end, the one who suffers is their own child.I look back at all of the thousands of students I've taught in China and think about the parents of my most successful students. All of them fully cooperated with me and followed my advice and instruction. Parents who didn't follow my instruction and advice would often cause trouble or even leave my classes. Many of them will come back one or two years later telling me that they made a mistake. They lose two or three years in which their child falls behind. Then they become desperate for me to rescue them. Frankly, I'm not good enough to help them get back those years that were lost.Again, "Respect the teacher and you respect the mind of your child." Disrespect the teacher and don't follow their instruction and advice and your child will suffer and fail. The teacher will go on and teach many other students whose parents will follow the teacher. You, the parent, are the one who decides what your child's future will be.

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Late For Class

2020-08-04

When a student is ten minutes late to a 40-minute class, they are losing more than a fourth of the class time.  They actually lose at least half of the class because it takes them another 10 minutes to catch up with what's happening in the class. Their efficiency in learning for that class is greatly diminished. Not only that, if you are paying 100 yuan for the class, you just threw away 50 yuan.When parents bring primary or middle school kids to class late, there are certain things that they must do. I will share with you 'how to enter a class late.'First, let's talk about why you're late. I've been a teacher for over 30 years. I owned my own school in America for 15 years. I had about 750 students. We prepared students for the top 5% of colleges and universities in America. We demanded excellence from parents and teachers.I've been teaching English in China for the past 9 years. We produce the top 1% of students in Henan Province. We've had students who have been accepted to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Southern California. Our average student who takes the SAT in America (American gaokao) will score 1530 out of 1600 points. Our average TOEFL student will get 110 out of 120 on that exam.I think I've heard every excuse for being late to class. The most common excuses are weather (such as rain) or traffic jams. If you've lived longer than a month in China and you drive a car, you know that there will be traffic delays when it rains. You also know that there will very likely be a traffic jam.Let me tell you what to do when you encounter these obstacles to getting your child to class on time.What do you do? You plan for it. How do you plan for it? You leave earlier. It is quite simple. There are always going to be delays and traffic jams whether it is raining or not. But, we (parents) are adults and we know this. A traffic jam in China is not a surprise. It is normal. Sometimes, a child is delayed from finishing another class they've attended. Each teacher should be responsible and respectful enough to start their classes on time and finish their classes on time. Any professional teacher will do this.We know that there are those teachers who want to impress the parent by going longer than the scheduled time for the class to finish. In my opinion, this is just a superficial and very naive way to try to impress parents. In my opinion, it is a silly way to try to show how 'hard-working' that they are. I think most parents are smart enough to know that this is quite immature and a facade.When you are late due to circumstances beyond your control, let me share with you the right and wrong ways to deliver your child to the class.WRONG WAY - This way is disrespectful, rude and uncivilized.- The child is very excited and the parent is allowing them to run to the classroom.- The child enters the classroom and is very disruptive to the class and disrespectful to the teacher. The class doesn't start when you arrive. The class starts on schedule.- The parent delivers the child late and continues talking to the child after the child has entered the classroom.- The parent delivers the child and tries to talk to the teacher after their child has come late to the class.RIGHT WAY- Calm your child down before going to the class.- Take your child to the class and lightly knock on the door.- Deliver your child safely to the class and leave immediately.- Be respectful.The ancient culture taught everyone to respect education by respecting the teacher, the school and the classroom. It seems that modern people have forgotten this. I guess that they need to be reminded.

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Study in America?

2020-05-29

There's no better time for any student who wants to study in America to begin making plans and begin preparation to do so.Why?U.S. colleges are hurting right now. They have an array of problems that are quite daunting.1. International and 'out-of-state' students pay moreFirst, their current students are suing them to get back tuition that was paid for 'in class' lectures. Most colleges and universities are providing online classes. However, the quality of these classes are not viewed the same as physical face to face (students and professors) classes by students. They want a partial refund for not being able to look at their professors face to face and getting the full benefit of what the institution has to offer. This has soured their attitudes toward such school.It is widely know that international students pay more to attend a school than their many of their American counterparts. Of course, at state schools, in-state tuition (students who live with a specific state) is much less than any out-of-state students. For example, a student who chooses to go to Oklahoma University, but lives in Texas or from China, will pay the same out-of-state tuition. I know this first hand because my daughter did it just a few years ago. Her Asian classmates paid the same tuition rate as she did as an out-of-state student.Private colleges are a little different. Though some schools report that there are increased costs to attend their school for international students, it is marginally different than an American student. In state schools, out-of-state students can pay up to 3 times more than an in-state student.American colleges love international students because they pay more. The increase in tuition for international and other out-of-state students offsets the costs associated with operating the university or college.The second thing that students who want to study in America need to consider right now is, 2. The college entrance exams are disappearing in many popular schools.I've provided classes for SAT and ACT preparation for several years now in China. These exams are the American version of the Chinese gaokao exam. They assist schools in assessing who is fit for their school. However, the nine schools of the University of California system is suspending SAT or ACT exams requirements until 2024 and eliminating it for in-state students in 2025. These are highly popular schools. Colleges across America are follwing suit.Even though my students average 1530 (out of 1600) on the SAT and 110 (out of 120) on TOEFL exams, it is good news that they likely won't have to face these entrance exams in the future. American colleges are going to a more holistic approach for admissions requirements which include GPA, personal essay and an interview with other possible requirements. Some colleges/universities will possible administer their own entrance exams in the future.The third thing for non-American students who want to study there to consider is,3. Less American students are returning to college/universityRecent surveys have shown that less and less American high schools students are planning to attend college. This makes it easier for international students to get into better schools.All in all, there is a positive side to what is happening now for the benefit of international students who want to study in America. Now is a good time to seriously consider this option. Things will likely be back to normal (somewhat) within the next year. If President Trump isn't re-elected, then, the restrictions for student visas will also quite likely be relaxed making it easier for international students.

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I never left China when the outbreak of the virus was steamrolling over the country. China could have never imagined that 82,000 people would contract this virus and that more than 3,000 would die. It has been unprecedented especially when compared with the number of the SARS virus of 2002-2003.Now, the even more utterly astounding unfolding of events have taken place as the virus reached the shores of America and has already (and is still taking) the worst toll on earth. It is heartbreaking and devastating.What America can't imagine is the very thing that I've watch unfold here in China over the past 2.5 months. The rapid response, the highly effective actions and measures and the cooperation of the Chinese people has been astounding to say the very least.China took two drastic measures while other countries implemented only one. China locked down immediately upon realizing the potential of this virus. This move was pure genius. The second thing that China did involved the diagnostic, contact history assessments and treatment process.A list of what 'China Did Right'1. locked down Wuhan and Hubei province immediately2. encouraged people who thought they might be infected to go directly and get tested3. aggressively and thoroughly researched the contact history of each person who was confirmed to be infected4. restrict and limit the mobility of people so as to reduce human to human contact5. made all testing and treatment free (this was especially vital for the poorer people who would't go get tested for fear of the cost)6. got every community and every business monitoring and checking tempatures at entry points7. very slowly reopened while cautiously understanding of the implications of reopeningDr. Tedros of the W.H.O. isn't favoring China for any other reason than, 'China got it right.' The actions and measures that China took were amazing. I saw it all first hand. America can't accept the fact that 'China did it right and won the battle as quickly and as effectively as it has.'It has been amazing for me to sit nearly on the front lines and see this miracle unfold.

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