I forgot about this post and actually it has been sitting here in my draft folder for like 4 years now! Wowsers! Even the picture was still attached and uploaded. Well… I am glad for that because I had totally forgotten about this memory. I am glad to be reliving it now.
The lady that seems out of place, the redhead, is my wife, Jessie. We did this trip together during our first year of marriage. Literally a month after we got married (decided to do so 5 months before leaving for China), we left for this beautiful land. Glad we did. 🙂
A picture in China is worth a 1000 Chinese words. That’s if I KNEW that many 🙂
INSTEAD! Here are some really CUTE 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade children at an English “Salong” or an English meeting to help the best students of each class learn a little more English from the foreign teachers. Usually these meetings are an opportunity for the English teachers from both China and America (or other natively English-speaking countries) to chat and learn more about one another. The Chinese are really wonderful people and everything you have “heard” about them is likely inaccurate. I am truly blessed by these people and I hope we have a chance to go back someday.
Currently I am still in China with my wife and I saw something really interesting today that I want to share with everyone back home.
Ninth Graders in China are currently preparing for a very large test that will allow them into high school… really? [High school goes from 10th to 12th grade in China.] In the states we NEVER had an ENTRANCE exam into high school, BUT Chinese students can receive high school completely free until they graduate. Only the very best students can have entrance into high school as long as their grades are sufficient. These students have to suffer through some serious rigorous examinations for both Chinese and English. As English is a REQUIRED language in China for all students until and through 9th grade. Just think if Spanish, French, or Chinese was a required language for all of Americans… all students then could claim bilingual status and everyone (I think) would get along just that much better 🙂
Here is a picture from the current middle school that we taught in Xi An Feng.