Wanted in China – “an education” – Part 1/5

With more than 120 million students in its public schools, China may one day be willing to hire millions of American public school teachers to move to China and teach willing Chinese students.

In fact, if this were to happen, millions of American students that have no respect of teachers or education would celebrate after spending the average 10 hours a day dividing time between playing video games, watching TV, social networking on sites such as Facebook and sending endless and meaningless text messages.

In addition, conservative critics of US public education would get what they want—an end to public education in the US and a chance to brainwash America’s children with conservative political values.

Elizabeth Pope writing for the AARP BULLETIN (May 2011) reported that “China Seeks American Teachers.”

An American Teaching in China

Pope says, “Got teaching experience and a taste for adventure? China is calling. The just-launched Teacher Ambassador Program is recruiting retired, laid-off or currently employed teachers ages 21 to 65 to teach English-speaking high school students in China starting in September.”

“China is hungry for American teachers to help prepare their students to attend college in the United States,” says Deborah J. Stipek, School of Education dean at Stanford University and an Ameson Foundation advisory board member. She adds that some Chinese also believe that Americans can assist students in becoming more innovative and critical thinkers.

However, before you seek a teaching position in China, you may want to learn more about expectations in China’s public education system.

Continued on September 9, 2011 in Wanted in China – “an eduction” – Part 2


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

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6 Responses to Wanted in China – “an education” – Part 1/5

  1. Terry Chen says:

    The authorities in hangzhou have done a great job of cleaning up the west lake and its also a must see.

    There’s nothing wrong with treating foreigners nicely. Its just that many Chinese people treat westerners like gods and often times this goodwill is abused. Many Chinese still live under the impression that western countries are superior to China. A lot of manual workers go overseas thinking that they can earn big bucks only to find that things aren’t any better in western countries. They are usually too embarassed to go back as everyone back at home expects them to do well.

    3 and a half decades of rapid progress has done much to raise the self-esteem of the Chinese people but many are still ashamed of who they are.

    • It’s the way the Europeans and Americans treated the Chinese and this started with the Opium wars. For thousands of years the Chinese were more advanced and more powerful than any country on earth and this includes the Roman Empire. For all that time China’s Confucian, Buddhist, Taoist mix of philosophies and beliefs served China well.

      How the United States and Canada treated Chinese Immigrants


      Then starting with the Opium Wars, while China was ruled by the Manchu minority (the Qing Dynasty), for more than a century until 1949, China was the victim of bully racism, Western greed and exploitation, the facade of superiority caused by Western Imperialism, the missionary zeal of Christianity (while Buddha arrived on a white elephant, Christ arrived on a cannon ball), etc., and this caused doubt to slip into the Chinese psyche that the old philosophies were not superior and by extension the Chinese race was inferior.

      Overnight, the Chinese found themselves being treated like second class citizens subservient to the nations of the White man which started wars with China than made China pay for them after being defeated by countries such as Britain and France.

      That behavior and mind set, which bullied China/Asia/the Americas as they were being colonized/Africa, and Middle East for more than a century, still exists among many in the West. The only Asian country that seems to have avoided it was Thailand. Power breeds moral corruption even among the bottom strata of a powerful society.

  2. Terry K Chen says:

    Mr. Lofthouse, while most cities in China are heavily affected by pollution, I advise you to spend some time in qingdao and dalian. Both cities are great places that have very little pollution compared to other cities in China.

    While I agree that Chinese are friendlier and more polite than most americans, keep it in mind that Chinese like to treat foreigners really really well. While this is a good thing, sometimes I think they overdo it.

    • I’m aware that the Chinese treat foreigners better than they treat each other. However, during my last trip, there were signs that this may be changing.

      Thanks for the names of the two cities. I’ve heard that the West Lake has been cleaning things up. I wonder how the air is there.

  3. Merlin says:

    1) They dont just want teachers. They want professionals. Otherwise, many places are beginning to hire chinese because they see the potential to save on costs of labor as opposed to hiring a foreigner that demands luxury.

    2) Not many professional teachers or people are willing to pack and move. Add in the fact that the fear of communism still has its hold among americans.

    • Merlin,

      You are are right about China wanting professionals to teach in their schools and the American fear of China, which is mostly unfounded. In 1999 when I first went to China, I had that fear and expected to land and see everyone wearing the same uniform and marching everywhere as if the entire country was an armed camp of drones without any expressions on their faces.

      Did I have a wakeup call. I found most Chinese to be friendlier (and more polite) than most Americans, happier than most Americans and more independent than most Americans that are slaves to their credit cards and mortgage payments.

      Now I know that fear comes from what the media and politicians stumping for votes hammering Americans with lies so they fear China and do not trust anything about it. That fear comes from the same sort of propaganda that Mao wrote in his Little Red Book and the teenage Red Guard shouted as slogans as they turned the country upside down.

      America is one ever-changing Cultural Revolution and what the Chinese call slogans is Political Correctness in the US.

      If China were to clean up its air and water, I might spend more time there than I do. At least with the rancorous politics removed and no conservative talk radio media machine filling the airwaves with bull, people aren’t as mean to each other as they are in the states with political divisions and political agendas drumming up viral.

      And there seems to be an advantage to having only about 7 approved religions with restrictions on how they sell themselves. With so few religions, in China, there seems to be no people knocking on your door selling God such as the Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons do in the US.

      I wonder if there’s such a thing as too much freedom.

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