Chinese educators share ideas with Keene State College
Monday night Keene State College held a dinner for Chinese educators who came to Keene this week to discuss teaching and future collaborations between Shanghai Chongming District schools and the College. (COURTESY)
Keene State College is also hoping the connections with the Chinese educators will help the college create a more international and diversified campus, said Keene State Associate Provost Ann Rancourt.
"Keene State College right now is being quite purposeful in internationalizing its campus," Rancourt said.
Keene State College Professor of Education Yi Gong has played a big role in building the contacts and relationships with the Chinese educators.
The visitors included middle and high school principals, kindergarten directors, an after school program director and a Shanghai Chongming District Department of Education official. More and more Chinese students are interested in studying in the United States and there is a possibility created through Gong that Keene State would establish a partnership with Wuxi teacher's College in China, she said.
Keene State Interim Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies Wayne Hartz said the two days with the visiting educators were a lot of fun.
"There was a genuine sense of learning and sharing," he said. While China has mastered education in math, science and engineering, Chinese students and educators are hungry for America's expertise in a liberal arts education that teaches critical thinking skills and problem-solving, he said.
On the U.S. side, students are entering an increasingly international work force once they leave college, so learning both to work with and in other cultures is vital, said Hartz.
Said Rancourt: "We hear from our governments that we have to educate students to compete, but I'm of the mindset that in the 21th century, if we don't teach our students to collaborate, we're going to hell in a hand basket."
She suggested world issues such as the environment and climate as fields of study the students could approach, perhaps through a China to Keene Internet course.
"We're talking about water issues. We're talking about climate issues. We're talking about international issues. We're talking about problems that are issues around the world," she said.
Gong said discussions with the Chinese educators began about two years ago via Skype conferences.
Hartz said Keene State plans to continue the discussions and build on the connections.
"I think it's slow, steady progress. It's like dating. You keep working toward a common interest to see where there are opportunities. We have to keep doing this work, its important work," he said.
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Pat Buchanan: A rogue President remakes America - 1
- Another View -- Max Boot: Six steps to a better strategy for defeating ISIS - 1
- Jonah Goldberg: Wait, when did we finish talking about Gruber? - 3
- Charles Krauthammer: The climate pact swindle - 0
- Roger Simon: So why don't the media report better news? - 0
- George Will: Required reading on a Rockefeller - 0
- Deroy Murdock: The silence of the colored people - 2
- John Stossel: Don't put control freaks in control of your government - 4
- Kayla Bullwinkel: Schools must go after cyber bullies while respecting the First Amendment - 4
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Attorney General investigating injury of toddler in Nashua - 0
- Keene man killed in work accident in Troy Monday - 0
- UPDATED: Teen driver dies after being pulled from icy waters in Londonderry - 4
- Manchester schools cut classes short for Wednesday due to weather - 0
- Nashua driver charged after man falls off car's hood - 1
- Manchester carpenter indicted in Nashua rape - 0
- Keene State student charged, three new arrest warrants issued in wake of pumpkin riot - 1
- Winning $100,000 lottery ticket sold in Laconia - 0
- Monarchs Scouting Report: Nick Shore - 0
Sources say former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card to be tapped as Franklin Pierce president
Clinton has 'historic' lead in poll
Pipes and plans: A chance to show up Mass.
Pipes and plans: A chance to show up Mass.
Manchester school exec contract squeaks by
Your Turn, NH -- Mike Moffett: Republicans can win in 2016 with Kasich at the top of the ticket