|10-3-17 Education in the News|
Times of Trenton--N.J. almost got to #1 in nation for teachers | Editorial
Early and often in his tenure, Gov. Chris Christie made the state's teachers and their union the brunt of bitter criticism.
He griped that educators earn too much money, and whined that they are at the root of the Garden State's fiscal woes. At one point he went on record that he'd like to punch the teachers' union in the face.
Despite Christie's mean-spirited carping, word came this week that the state he governs has been designated the second most teacher-friendly state in the nation - outranked only by neighboring New York.
The kudos came from WalletHub, a personal finance website launched in 2013, and reflected data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia - everything from income-growth potential to safety on the job.
Times of Trenton Editorial Board| Updated on October 2, 2017 at 8:02 PM Posted on October 2, 2017 at 7:17 PM
NPR--'Little Soldiers' Examines China's Military-Like Education System
Mary Louise Kelly talks to journalist and Shanghai resident Lenora Chu about educating her young son in the Chinese public education system. Chu has written a book called: Little Soldiers.
When American journalist Lenora Chu moved to Shanghai, she needed to find a school for her toddler. She looked at international schools. But they cost a lot, and she wanted her son to learn Mandarin. Soon, she found herself gazing through the black and gold iron gates guarding Shanghai's most prestigious kindergarten. It's a public school where Chinese government officials fight to send their kids.
LENORA CHU: The school is supposed to be one of the best in the city, and it was just down the street. We thought, why not give it a shot? We enrolled our son, at the age of 3, in the state-run system.
KELLY: With that, Chu and her husband Rob Schmitz, who we should mention is NPR's Shanghai correspondent - they embarked on a journey inside China's school system. She's now written a book about it called "Little Soldiers." Chu says she was struck by how much better her son behaved after he started Chinese school. But she was also struck by the conformity demanded of children, even in art class.
Morning Edition| September 28, 20175:00 AM ET
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