Monday, June 30, 2008

Blogging from China - Day 7

Day seven is our final day that I will be reporting back to let you know what we are doing. We leave tomorrow, but this is my last day with computer access. We spent today visiting high schools in Tianjin. We started our day visiting Tianjin Nankai High School. This high school is the birthplace of the Nan Kai schools. Tianjin Yaohua High school is a traditional Chinese High school whose motto is diligence, simplicity, loyalty, and honesty. There are 5200 students and over 400 staff members in the high school. Teachers teach three classes a day with 50 students in each class. School begins at 7:30 am and ends at 5:20 pm. All extra curricular activities occur after school. All students take the same classes. Students do not move between classes. Teachers move from classroom to classroom and each class last 45 minutes.

We then visited the Tianjin Experimental High School. It was established in 1923 and is directly under the Educational Committee of Tianjin. The first Confucius classroom in the world was set up by the Experimental High School. The length of the school day is the same, but there are only 25-30 students in each class. The Experimental High School is for gifted and talented students. Ninety Eight percent of their students are accepted into a University in China. (photos)

Our trip to China has been a once in a lifetime experience. Mr. Newsom and I would like to extend a special thanks to the College Board and the Hanban association for their sponsorship of this trip. China is a country with a rich history. The educators that have been our guides this week are wonderful people committed to providing quality educational experiences to their students.

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Even though I am the pickiest eater you will ever meet, I thought the last day I would share with you a typical menu from one or our meals. As you will soon see, our group was truly treated to a wonderful cultural experience through food.

Menu
  • Six kinds of cold dishes
  • Steweddrie mushroom with abalone sauce
  • Prawintheshaprofpho enix tail with golden shreds
  • The glutinous rice steams the young bone
  • Pineapple ancient meat
  • Crispgrain with salt and paper
  • Spicy diced chicken with peanuts
  • The black fries with the shelled fish shrimp
  • Steamed tench with scallo
  • Crispy chicken
  • Boiling Vegetables
  • Dessert
  • Yangzhou style fried rice
  • Vegetable soup
  • Fresh Fruit

A typical dinner takes about 1 ½ hours. The food comes out in stages allowing you time enjoy your dinner.

Signing off from China for the last time...


Bob

3 comments:

Julia said...

As a 2005 graduate of Mansfield, I feel compelled to comment on these adventures of Mansfield’s two top-ranking administrators. While I applaud Mansfield for finally starting to realize the importance of China and the east, I wonder how this trip taken by MISD bureaucrats will benefit the teachers and students of the district. I certainly hope that Dr. Morrison and Mr. Newsom are planning to visit classrooms this fall to share their cultural experience with students and will be setting up workshops for teachers to put into action some of the teaching techniques they’re seeing and learning while abroad. I hope you both have had the chance to immerse yourselves in both the culture and language - since the district will be offering Chinese next year, you’ll both be great resources to the students learning Chinese! And Dr. Morrison, I’ve always found trying new foods to be one of the most rewarding aspects of my travels. Even if you can’t read what’s on the menu, be brave, point to something, and try it. Who knows, it could end up being your new favorite dish (that, or you could be eating roasted cat, but at least you’ll have a story to tell)! Man zou!

Anonymous said...

Bob - Just wanted you to know that Mama's was very good today.... I missed you at lunch. I can't wait to hear you and Mr. Newsome share your stories regarding Chinese education!

Kelley, MRE said...

Just wanted to let you know that you are not the pickiest eater alive. I am! It's good to hear if I ever travel abroad I can take pop tarts with me. Can I take my own drinks too?
I did enjoy reading the blog and can certainly relate to the whole food experience!