Greetings from Rainier, Oregon in America. This is the first time I have been to China and it has been a dream of mine for many years to visit your great country. I have been very impressed by your hospitality and friendship. The Chinese are a very, very generous people.
My name is Michael Carter and I have been in education for 35 years. I taught social studies, geography, physical education, math, and health. I...
Update 1: I met with the Minister of Education for the entire province. ?He hosted the banquet and discussed the challenges facing Chinese reforms, how the pressure on the students is too much with high-stakes testing and without electives. He was very excited to talk and learn about our YTP programs and the electives we offer. He has a few of our YTP gifts and said getting students ready for the work force is a challenge, especially with any students with special needs,...
The students in Rainier can learn a lot from Chinese students about dedication to their studies and the value of hard work in the core subjects. The students love learning, and they know that they own their very future depends on what they learn. I encourage each of our students to rededicate themselves to their academic rigor and work to improve their individual academic status/situation. Every student can truly meet their potential with hard work and dedication.
I Arrived at midnight in Xi'an after a 30-hour day. Sleep was a welcome experience.
We just finished our first Chinese breakfast and it was very good with a lot of variety.
Principal Zhang showed up at my hotel this morning at 7:00 a.m. and welcomed us, which was very special and kind of him.
We are heading to the City Wall and the Terra-Cotta army, then the Muslim Quarter, followed by the first welcome State Banquet.
I hope my suitcase arrives today, otherwise I...