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【泉纲教育】The Anti-School  

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The Anti-School

Critical Thinking

Taking a look at Chinese students

 “I wish nothing but for my kid to grow up healthy and happy.” Most parents have this sentence in mind when asked about their children’s futures. However, the desire for their success haunts them all the time, which leads to a long hard studying journey for Chinese children.

Most people believe that the earlier their children start school, the more competitive they will be. The enrollment age set by the Ministry of Education was 7, but when many parents sent their kids to school earlier, the regulation was lowered to 6 and a half. When it was further reduced to 6, children of 5 started showing up. A lot of effort is made by parents to ensure education as early as possible.

Elementary and secondary schools are designed to be compulsory education. All children are entitled to attend schools in their neighborhood or school districts. Nevertheless, schools are ranked according to market principles through enrollment rates for the schools they go to next. High-ranking schools seem to possess an edge. This belief led to the popularity of school-choosing and subsequently fees charged by those schools, which creates financial burdens on families and unbalances education resources. How was should treat it is still under debate.

It’s impressive how hard Chinese students study and how they perform in the exams. Though quality-oriented education has been set as a future goal, the examination-oriented education system still dominates.

School schedules start from as early as 7:30 am through to 5 or 6pm. A typical day includes morning reading, four classes in the morning and three or four in the afternoon. Curricula are designed to cover a wide variety of subjects, from Chinese, math, politics, and English to arts and sciences.

From the 2nd year of high school, a subject-based approach is adopted. Students need to orientate themselves into arts or sciences programs, according to their career plans. These programs emphasize their own subjects and lead to different exam papers for college entrance. This system has been around since the reinstatement of the college entrance examination in 1977. There is ongoing debate whether it should be abolished. For 7 or 8 classes per day, lectures are still holding sway over interactive learning. Afternoon classes are designed for self-study, but are often occupied by teachers who are eager to impart extra material or homework. Even though some teachers prefer to avoid assignments, considering the time students spend on other subjects, they have no choice but to secure their own periods by setting work. The humanities are not included as much as they are supposed to be. 

Efforts for changes and reforms have been made to meet the requirements of rapidly changing circumstance, and the practicality of exam-oriented education.

Traditional methods of learning a foreign language die hard. In many classroom courses the emphasis is wholly on the written language. The students is trained to use his eyes and hands instead of his ears and his inability to achieve anything like correct pronunciation, stress and intonation must be attributed largely to the tyranny of the printed word.

From primary school to college, students, teachers and parents all struggling for high scores. This is because the current education system is not aimed at student’s quality, but only at developing their ablating to perform well on tests. As result, many students, even those with high scores, often do poorly when it comes to the practical application of what they have learned.

What is language for? some people seem to think it's for practicing grammar rules and learning lists of words---the longer the words the better, that’s wrong. Language is for the exchange of ideas, for communication.

A student’s mastery of a language is ultimately measured by how well he can use it, not by how much he knows about it. Learning a language is not a matter of acquiring a set of rules and building up a large vocabulary. The teacher’s efforts should not be directed at informing his students about a language, but at enabling them to use it. If the student is to make the most of his abilities, he must be trained to adopt correct learning habits. The students feel more motivated to learn English in real situations, and they learn nature language patterns rather than artificial classroom dialogues.

Nothing should be spoken before it has been heard.

        Nothing should be read before it has been spoken.

        Nothing should be written before it has been read.

Speaking is the most important of those skills.

Grammar must be learned through language, and not language through grammar.

The treasure within: learning to know; learning to do; learning to live together; learning to be. And reinforce education of humanities arts social sciences. Education must be internationalized.

1.   Power English comes to Xian with a willingness to face challenge.

2.   Power English comes to Xian with a willingness to adapt and to meet practical needs.

3.   Power English comes to Xian with an attitude of cooperation and joy.

4.   Power English comes to Xian with systematic methods in training management.

5.   Motivating Power English students towards Excellence in English. It is the teacher's job to motivate the child at school.

6.   “Excellence in English Study” Award Ceremony established in Xian by Power English to encourage Non-English majors to better their English skills.

7.    Mushroom Angel. A Blazing Lamp for the Children!       

The program stresses meaningful learning situations. The program engages the student in situations where they need English to cope with authentic English-speaking contexts: to make a request, to express a feeling, to accomplish something, to find out essential information or to complete a task. The students feel more motivated to learn English in real situations, and they learn nature language patterns rather than artificial classroom dialogues.

The program stresses thinking as an essential part of communication. To communicate, a person must have something to tell.

The Power English program works best if teachers encourage the students to talk as much as possible.

The program stresses language immersion. Each lesson exposes the students to lot of English, more than it expects the students to master or understand completely.We teach the student other essentials: body language and facial expression; role playing; English manners and etiquette; the evolution of the English language; varieties and dialects found in English and a full background in media study.

The task of helping a group of students wishing to improve their confidence and ability to express themselves in English as foreign or second language can be a daunting challenge. Among others, two major issues confront the teacher.

The first in regard to the time available for conducting oral English classes, and the second concerning the availability of appropriate resource material which is stimulating, relevant to the situation in life of the students, and which can be coped with despite their limited vocabulary and previous speaking experience.

The development of confidence and competence in oral communication should be the goal for both the students and the teachers.

The program stresses risk taking in a supportive environment. No one can learn a language without making mistakes. If the students fear failure, they will not try new words and phrases and they will not progress. The students need lots of support and assistance to experiment with new language structures. They need praise for the content of what they say rather than constant correction of pronunciation and vocabulary.  

Therefore, good language teachers give their students lots of praise and encouragement. They help the students use new words and phrases by providing many models, demonstrations and dues. Good teachers frequently encourage the students to invent their own questions responses and conversations, and they congratulate the students for taking risks. Develop skills of intercommunication in English. 

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn Language. It’s the best method to learn language when used for meaningful communication.

The emphasis of change however may not lie in the structure or physical constitution of a campus. Rather, it needs to be ‘gravitated towards the education, management, learning, and interaction models.

In short, a new system is needed that matches the philosophy and progression of the “information age.” I have set my sights on it. I have devoted myself to create the system of Power English Teaching from 1998. And we’ll be building it into the first class school!

There's a great spirit rising from the desert to the sea. As it sweeps across the southern land. It comes to you and me. Where the dreamers are the dreaming, where the race of the edge yet to run.

Every child can be a hero if our world could live as one under the southern skies together in this land.

In the past, professors taught, students absorbed, and then they left.

Now the students are much more proactive, much more socially minded. When students go on exchange programs, they are always a little surprised that they are as well trained as ---- and sometimes better trained than ---- their peers overseas. That makes me proud.

However, all these teachers share a common commitment: to help students function well in English. Service is the fundamental survival.

I learn that learned earnest men earn much by learning. Knowledge begins with practice. 

For a considerable long time,we survive in the certain unit and which impressed deeply, containing all those specific and abstract memories like values judgment, what is right and what wrong argues, social relationships, carefully watch what we are doing and saying, advantages and disadvantages, rules of the games.

Whether or not English is the official language of the United States, it remains the "language of wider communication." Nearly everyone recognizes the need to develop proficiency in English in order to do well in America. To help those who want to brush up on their English skills, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes abound. Cities with large numbers of recent immigrants often set up bilingual education programs to teach students content subjects in their native language while they improve their English. Language educators often have strong and divergent views as to which approach helps learners achieve better results: a bilingual approach, an ESL approach-or even a pure immersion ("sink or swim") approach. However, all these teachers share a common commitment: to help students function well in English.

You lost something when you obtain, meanwhile when you lost something means you will get more. The zero-sum is always in shadow. Looking for a business partner is as similar as chasing for love, you definitely not only met one and who will finally hunting together, as well as not that necessarily to be stormy and electric effect. All is not gold that glitters. Refine on the wording. Refine on the method of teaching.

Inspirational words

Watch your thouthts, they become words

Watch your words, they become actions

Watch your actions, they become habits

Watch your habits, they become character

Watch your character for it becomes your destiny

The success is from habits and characters. “not simply for the learner to able to wirte to a foreign pen friend, to be able to calculate his income tax or understand his domestic fuse – box, though these are all practical by – products of the learning process. The major areas of the school curriculum are the instruments by which the individual grows into a more secure, more contributory, more total member of society.

Many people go to school for an education. They learn languages, history, geography, physics, chemistry and math. Others go to school to learn a skill so that they can make a living. School education is very important and useful. Yet no one can learn everything from school. A teacher, no matter how much he knows, cannot teach his students everything they want to learn. He teaches them how to read and how to think and how to apply English to works and lives. It is always more important to know how to study by oneself than to learn some facts of formulas by heart. It is quite easy to learn a certain fact in history or a formula in math. But it is very difficult to use a formula in working out a math problem. Great scientists, such as Newton, Galileo and Einstein didn’t get everything from school, but they were all successful. They invented so many things. The reason for their success is that they knew how to study. They read books that were not used at school. They worked hard all their lives, not only for a single moment. Above all, they knew how to use their brains. So much more is to be learned outside school by the students themselves.

Therefore, China is challenging examination-oriented education by advocating quality-oriented education. The alternative will focus on the stuent’s ability as a whole. The exam results will no longer play a key role in evaluating a student.

Personally I firmly believe in the magic force of the new policy. It seems that I have seen in my mind’s eye the move colorful life, the looser environment, yet the more creative minds of the future students. Our education, so to speak, will bring up a new generation.

Diffuse Power! Dissemination of wisdom! Power comes from pressure. Pressure breeds motivation. Motivation comes after stress!

A perspective is here. Mermaid song we could be together. If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing well. Power English invite you to create bright future together! 

What you say is what you get! Change is inevitable!

How to master power talking the language of success? How can we be qualified to meet this great challenge?

Seek the worth and employ the talented to establish a brand in world market. We shall keep up with the pace of the progress. 

Eight Functional Elements

Part VII: Transcend Yourself--From success to significance    

Part VI: Management -- Cost management  

Modern leadership strategies from ancient Chinese wisdom.

Part V: Touching culture -- Public Speaking! Speech is a mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so is he.    

Part IV: Reading &society-- Cultivating an environment for creative thinking   

What you say is what you get. How to master power talking the language of success.

Part III: Communication -- Practice makes perfect!                     

Part II:Confidence is built, not inborn -- Blurt out!                       

Part I: Pronunciation and intonation -- Out of the darkness.               

Pre-Power-English:  bring up with interest, learning to talk.       

1. To the Teachers:

We pray that our children will not repeat our mistakes. We pray that children will honor and respect their elders--that is where the wisdom comes from. We should have respect for each other. We pray for commitment and responsible behavior in order to help those in need and to give them support and friendship. Be an example in life that others may follow; serve people, community and country. We should all strive to be leaders and contributors. Do not sit back and let others plan and do all the thinking. Let us unite together so that we may have the strength to protect our future. Strength comes from working through trials and tribulations.

Spiritual health is the key to holistic health. Respecting everyone and everything in the universe starts with self-respect. Teach respect for each other’s ideas. Value honesty levels, from children to parents to community to governments. We will be happy when we create peace with each other. Take time to listen and take care of your body and spirit. We pray to learn and use the wisdom of all that has come before us, to achieve personal successes and to contribute to those of others. Only when our young ones learn respect for everything can they evolve. If we all cooperate, we'll soon finish.

We pray for the youth. We must teach the youth to work together and respect all that is living on our Mother Earth. We need to convey to our younger generations that the survival of our people lies in spirituality. If there is one thing can always yearn for and sometimes attain it is human love. If you treasure the value of yourself, you have to create value for the world. Wisdom is a gemstone. If set with modesty, it will be more beautiful.

All our teacher have graciously consented to take some of our classes. One of the goals of our school, in addition to teaching English, is to promote understanding and cooperation between the teachers and students. By having dedicated people like Mr. White, who are willing to sacrifice the comfort of their friends in their own country to come to a strange and unknown country, we feel we are very lucky and that our goals will be all the more easily realized. We are indeed happy to have you here, and we wish you all the best during the time that you are with us.

The personal Qualities of a Teacher: What personal qualities should a teacher have? I think the following would be generally accepted.

First, a teacher should be pleasantly live and attractive. This does not rule out people who are not good-looking or even ugly, but this does many such types as over-excitable, dull, cold-mannered, or any with other undesirable qualities.

Secondly, it is essential for the teacher to have real capacity for sympathy, closely related with this is the capacity to be tolerant-not indeed, of what is wrong, but of weakness of human nature which induces people, and especially children, to make mistakes.

I find it is also essential for a teacher to be a bit of an actor. That is part of the technique of teaching, which demands that every now and then a teacher should put on an act to make his lesson interesting and vivid. A teacher must be capable of great patience. This, I may say, is largely a matter of self-training. We are none of us like that.

2. How to be a great teacher?

When I first came to the United States in the early 1960s as a foreign student, I sometimes heard quotations which were said to be the words of Confucius. Being a graduate of Taiwan University, majoring in Chinese literature, I told my American friends that, as far as I knew, Confucius had never said those words. I was then asked what Confucius had said. That was indeed a big question!

                                                Confucius said: “ I am not a man who is born to know everything. I am but a am who is fond of antiquities and diligent in studying them.”

Confucius said: “Among every three people I am with, one of them will be my teacher. Everybody knows something, which the other two people do not know. I learn the good parts from that person. If that person has some bad part which I also have, I will correct it.”

Confucius said: “ Education should be done without the difference between the rich and the poor, or the noble and the mean.

Confucius said: “ The important part of filial piety is the manner.”

Confucius said: “By nature, all men are nearly alike when their lives begin. When they are growing, they become different from each other because of what they practice.”

Confucius said: “Learning without thinking is useless, while thinking without learning is dangerous.”

Confucius said: “The only ones who do not easily change are those of the highest wisdom and the lowest dullness.”

Confucius said: “Difference of beliefs people unable to study and discuss together.”

Confucius liked to teach his disciples the following four subjects: culture, conduct, faithfulness and truthfulness.

Confucius said: “Studying poetry can inspire a man’s mind. Learning the rules of propriety can make a man’s character resolute. Listening to music can make a man feel peaceful.”

Confucius said: “ Arrogant and yet not upright, lacking knowledge and yet not being cautious, having no abilities and yet not being faithful. I do not understand these kinds of people.”was a great teacher. He said, “In the teaching of students, there should be no difference between the rich and the poor, or the noble and the mean.” In order to teach others well, Confucius believed that the teacher himself must keep learning too. He said, “Constantly reviewing what has been acquired, and continuing to acquire new knowledge, the man may thus become a teacher.”

Confucius taught his students how to know a person, “If you look at a man’s actions and his motives as well as what he likes( If you look at a man’s doing things, then study the reason why he did it, and observe what he likes most,) you will know what type of man he is. Then, how can he hide himself? How can he hide himself?”

Confucius said: “Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it. Those who love the truth are not equal to those who can find joy in it.”

Confucius said: “I put what I have seen and heard in my mind. I am fond of learning new things and never be satisfied. I like to teach other people what I have learned and I am never tired of teaching. Have I done those three things well?”

Confucius said to his disciple, Zi Xia: “You should learn to be a scholar of superior man, not a scholar of inferior man.”

Confucius said: “Those who are born with knowledge are the highest class of people. Those who receive knowledge by studying are the second highest class of people. Those who are born dull, but study hard to attain knowledge, are the third highest class. Those, who are born dull, but do not study, and thus do not have knowledge, are the lowest class of people.”

Confucius disciple, Zai Yu, slept in the daytime which made Confucius angry. Confucius scolded: “A rotten wood can not be carved. A wall built with rubbish can not be painted. I do not want to criticize a person such as Zai Yu.” Then he added: “In the past, I liked to judge a person based on what he said, and I could predict his conduct. Now I judge a person differently. After hearing his words, I must watch his actions. I learned this change from Zai Yu.

Confucius said: I have talked with Hui(a disciple) for a whole day and he never made an objection. It seemed that he was stupid, without any reaction. After schooling, I inspected his private activities and found that he did use all of my teaching in his private life. Hui is not stupid at all.

3. How to be a virtuous man

Fan Chi asked what benevolence is.

Confucius said: “ To love people.”

Then Fan Chi asked what wisdom is.

Confucius said: “ To understand people.”

Fan Chi departed, asking another disciple, Zi Xia, “I asked our master about wisdom, and he said that employing the people of uprightness and putting aside the crooks would make the crooks upright. What does that mean?”

Zi Xia said: That’s a good answer. In the early years, when Shun was the ruler of the kingdom, he chose Gao Tao to be the minister of justice among all the people and officials. Thus all the crooks disappeared. When Tang became the ruler of the kingdom, he chose Yi Yin to be the minister of justice among all the people and officials. Thus all the crooks disappeared.

Confucius was from an ordinary family with the last name of Kong. During those days, only the noble families’ children had the opportunities to go to school. However, Confucius used every opportunity to study classical books and learn useful skills. He believed that every one of three people would know something which the other two did not know, so he often learned from others.

Confucius said: “A person should not be concerned about nobody knowing him. He should be concerned about not knowing others.” Confucius said: “ Even though nobody understands him, he will not feel unhappy. Isn’t that a superior man!”

Confucius said: “A person of virtue will not be lonely, for many people like to be his neighbors.”

Confucius said: “A superior man speaks cautiously, and acts diligently.” Confucius said: “A superior man is always composed, while an inferior man is always worrying.”

Confucius said: “A superior man is composed, but not proud; an inferior man is proud, but not composed.” Confucius answered: “Serving the people earnestly and respecting the spiritual beings but keeping away from them is called wisdom.” Confucius answered: “A man of virtue goes ahead to take the difficult job before others, and goes behind after others when it is time to receive rewards. It’s called virtue.” Confucius said: “If a man at the age of forty still becomes a person of dislike, this man will not be able to change for the rest of his life.”

In order to understand who Confucius was, and what he believed, we should start with his life.

Definitely, Confucianism is not a religion like Christianity or Budd hism, but its influence in the whole Chinese culture is not less than that of Christianity in the West or Buddhism in the East. Confucius has been so long and so fervently worshiped in China, as well as the Southeastern Asian nations, that the Oriental people are truly respecting and treating him nearly as a founder of religion. Amid the increasing rate of crime and chaos, the world is now paying more attention to the studies of   Confucianism. Could Confucius really have the ability in the early tenth century, Zhao Pu, declared that if all his officials could memorize and carry out only half of the The Analects of Confucius, his nation would be prosperous and in very good order.

Confucius was born in 551 B.C. in a nation called Lu, in the present Province of Shandong, China. This was at a time of constant warfare among many small nations in the Chinese mainland under the Western Zhou Dynasty. The emperor of Western Zhou Dynasty could not rule his hug kingdom very well, so his small nations fought among themselves.

Confucius died at the age of 73 in his native nation of Lu. After his death, his students built a temple named after him. Years later, some of his students and their students compiled all of Confucius’ sayings and some of his outstanding students’ saying into a book called The Analects of Confucius which later became the most important document used to study Confuciusm.

The Analects of Confucius was the most authoritative of all laws in long Chinese history over thousands of years, and it could not be criticized, no matter in which dynsty or who the emperor was. Even the emperor himself also had to abide by the Confucius sayings. This situation finally changed when the Chinese republic was established in 1912.

Confucius is great not only because his political philosophy happened to win the ancient Chinese emperors’ need, but also because his philosophy of dealing with people meets human’s needs. 

Confucius was a great philosopher. He believed that every person was good in nature. He said, “By nature, all men are nearly alike when their lives begin.” During all of his life, he worked hard to teach people to cultivate their minds, behave with good actions, and be humble and sincere in dealing with families friends and all others. He emphasized virtue. He said, “A person of virtue will not be lonely, for people like to be his neighbors.” He hated dishonest saying and manners. He said. “Saying flattering words and showing flattering manners are seldom associated with virtue.”

Although Confucius died more than 2,500 years ago, his philosophy, his teaching, and his advice, have been deeply rooted in the Chinese people’s hearts. Hundreds of years ago, his doctrine was introduced into the Southeast Asian nations and was soon accepted and worshiped well by the people in those lands. In early times, there was Confucius temple at every town in China And in many Southeastern nations too.

Confucius said: “Difference of beliefs makes people unable to study and discuss together.”! I hope Confucius Said helps friends understand what Confucius actually said some 2,500 years ago. Think What you Are! Life is a Do-it-yourself Project. Isn’t it delightful to have a friend coming to visit from a faraway place?”

Our teachers are fully qualified Native English speaking professors and teachers with international experience and travel experience. Our staff is outgoing, amiable and professional in every respect. Lead the new trend of English teaching and create an international Name-brand __ International Standard English.

Real life replaces examinations at a non-traditional school.

 

Hey, this is Jonathan. Tired of exams and boring classes? I know I am!

Join us on a tour of the Power English, a very different kind of school with no exams or grading. But don’t assume these students have it easy. This article features several words related to academics, including ‘internship’, ‘double-PhD’, and ‘letter grades’.

What do you call a school with no tests, no letter grades, no required classes and no teachers? Students of the Power English and their parents call it the best school in the world.

Dennis Littky, a double-PHD in psychology and education, set up the Met School in Rhode Island in 1996. The school agreed to accept poor kids who were failing out of the regular school system. Eveybody had already given up on these students.

The word most kids use when they talk about high school is ‘boring’ says Littky. “What a shame.” But no one would describe the Met as “boring”. “Advisors”, rather than teachers, work with small groups of students. Students spend almost half of their school time working in internships for business, government, and other schools. Instead of tests, the students present exhibitions based on their work outside of school.

Class work focuses on skills, not knowledge. Even though there are no tests, the school is not easy. “It’s a lot harder here,” says one of the students. “The teachers give you a lot of attention. They see all your strong and weak points.”

This approach has had remarkable results: Ninety -eight percent of students graduate on time, and 100% of graduates are accepted into university. Bill Gates is now funding a network of similar schools around the United States.

 

For a considerable long time. We survive in the certain unit and which impressed deeply, containing all those specific and abstract memories like values judgment, what is right and what wrong argues, social relationships, carefully watch what we are doing and saying, advantages and disadvantages, rules of the games.

 

China’s higher education on the road to scientific development under the policy of reform and opening up. It’s our responsibility to cultivate the teacher culture of nature cooperation to improve the sharing of teachers’ knowledge.

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Sincerely

 

                                   HEYIGANG

 

                                   2010-6-30

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