I’m More Worried About the Fraying US-China Relationship than Corona Virus

I’m just an educator who likes the puzzle of how to teach better.

I became interested in Chinese schools in 2018, invited to see a few schools there. Of course I was aware of diplomatic tensions between the USA and China. Harvard’s grand scholar of international relations, Graham Allison, had published his book just a year prior, the Thucydides Trap:
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40x Increase for this Chinese Online Provider

I had breakfast with Phyllis from ClassIn a few months ago. I bet she never expected this:

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), activity on ClassIn multiplied an incredible 40 times to record 1.6 million Daily Active Users (DAU) on February 4-5, marking a critical turning point in the development of online education in China.
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Via the wonderful Joanne Jacobs, I discovered this interview with Martha Franks, who has a new book about teaching in China.

It’s called: Books Without Borders: Homer, Aeschylus, Galileo, Melville and Madison Go to China.

The interview is conducted by “Lois Lane.”

Q: What sorts of ancient Western concepts did the Chinese students relate to, and which were mystifying to them?

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Screen Time: Three C’s

Screen Time remains a big parent problem in China and USA.

This from EdSurge.

It’s an interview with Lisa Guernsey, director of the teaching, learning and tech program at New America, a nonpartisan think tank.

She even wrote a book that’s called “Screen Time” and a more recent one called “Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens.”

Q: Have you heard of these videos that have gone viral on YouTube for years now where parents are taking away the kids’ XBox or phone and like smashing it with a sledgehammer or throwing them out the window? What do you make of these?
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Coronavirus: “I wouldn’t see my wife again until I picked up her ashes 11 days later.”

From Ming Que at Sixth Tone:

Part 2

My wife and I moved to Huanggang from nearby Qichun County about six months ago. We invested 30,000 yuan and opened a store that sold windows and doors with a few other people. We wanted to change our lives; we never thought something like this would happen.

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