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Want to teach in China? It is a wonderful international addittion to your resume and if you are single without a student loan to repay (or other debts) you will surely have a blast and see the best tourist sites in the world. But look before you leap, because China is famous for ripping off foreign visitors whether you are a tourist or decide to work here as an expat employee. Sadly it is not the Chinese government doing the cheating, but fellow-foreigners who evade the long arm of the law from their homeland authorities. http://www.opnlttr.com/letter/300-china-job-scams-target-expat-foreign-esl-tefl-teachers-check-cftu-blacklists The scams range from unpaid overtime, having fake taxes deducted from your pay, to being sold fake documents you were not told you can get for free, and even...
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Dear High School Teachers, Several of you argue that focusing on homework, tests, and letter grades help keep students on track. Indeed, you hand out homework, assignments, and quizzes in abundance in order to make students do better on tests and achieve higher marks. But the workload placed upon students by teachers causes a great amount of stress among teens and young adults. In turn, this stress reduces the physical and mental health of students, and makes them less able to do their work in and out of school. In addition, students often have obligations outside of school that make it extremely difficult to keep up with all of the work that has to be done. As a student, I have seen the harmful effects of stress in my own life and in the lives of those around me. An article on...
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To Bishop Kelley students and incoming 8th graders, Don’t be stupid. If you’re not convinced, read on. First of all, I did not drop out because of any academic probation, to clear up any rumors that I was falling behind. In fact, now, without the program, I can follow my passions and my dreams. I encourage all of you, on-level or the top of the Honors program, to do the same: follow your dreams and passions. Don’t let an arbitrary title hold you back. When my sister, Megan Hsieh, joined the Brother Bernardine Scholars Program in 2013, my sister wanted to drop from the get-go. But, our mother always told us that we should stay and not quit too early, which is a good advice, truth be told. Because of what my mother and family said, my sister stayed in the Brother Bernardine Scholars...
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Dear aspiring English Major, Our minds are wired a little different. Every day and every hour our minds are running with ideas, some connected to others, and some of those ideas make it to paper. We live in different worlds. We live in the same world. As you approach college, there will be many people that tell you your mind is not strong enough. It's just not good enough for college, because English is an easy degree. "If you're not going to be a teacher, you won’t make any money." "English is a useless degree, it's so simple." I'm telling you what I have heard all year long from people aspiring to be engineering majors, nursing majors, or medicine majors. None of that stuff is true, so please don't think your mind is any less sharp than it is. Those people that doubted me...
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School…The word has always amplified the adrenaline level in me. Be it 10 years back as a student or today as a teacher. There are a lot of memories attached that I reminisce each day I walk in the school corridors and when I step into the classrooms. Sitting on the back benches to escape the teacher’s judging eyes, bunking classes, waiting to attend the school just to meet friends, long queues in canteen, and fights over petty things was a part of our daily routine. And now being on the other side of the table I realize what a nuisance we must have been for our teachers. We’ve all been there and have indulged in such mischiefs and trivia in our school life. Today I do not remember the marks I scored in each class, but yes, I do remember the time I spent with my friends. Having lived...
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Like a scene out of an old Miami Vice TV episode, China's undercover PSB officers (Public Security Bureau) are scooping up and arresting an average of 180 foreign expat English teachers every week across China in Beijing, Shanghai, Chonqing, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Guangdong, Qingdao, Nanjing, Xian, and six other Tier 1 cities in a clever sting operation. They are hunting down foreigners working in China illegally without a real and legal Z visa which is the required work visa mandated by Chinese law. These police stings utilize really enticing job ads offering plum teaching jobs that pay between 18,000 - 25,000 rmb per month and some even offer free housing or "weekends off". For the expat teachers in China who average 15,000 a month salaries and a 6 day work week, these ads are hard to...
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Dear Mr. President: You may not be aware of how much your actions influence young people in this country but they do. I know this because a study conducted by Ipsos Mori and King’s College London reported that more than 34 percent of people between the ages of 18-24 stated that social media influenced their voting preferences. Mr. President, you use those forums quite a bit, especially Twitter – at least six times a day, according to Twitter’s own count – to about 24,502,656 followers. Besides, a survey of approximately 2,000 K-12 teachers conducted by Southern Poverty Law Center showed that “More than two-thirds … reported that students—mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims—have expressed concerns or fears about what might happen to them or their families after...
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Dear American People, Racism was a titanic problem in the past, it is in the present, and it will be in the future if we don't do something about it. People of unique colors experience racism everyday. Especially in America, we have people from all over the world of different colors and customs.”America The Land Of The Free”,That's how the majority of Americans see it is as. But how can we be free if others are chained to the daily struggle of racism.Today we have all types of people in America; Muslims, Asians, African Americans, And many other types of unique races. I was two years old when I got a citizenship to come live in America. I moved to America from Pakistan. I didn't know any English whatsoever. But slowly I started to talk in full sentences and have conversations. I...
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The world is a crazy place right now and unfortunately, it may feel like you're at the center of it all. When individuals in leadership positions have opened up the flood gates of hate and fear towards the "other", it grabs your attention, except that in this case the "other" happens to be you. You would never show it, but I know you're afraid, not quite grasping why those around you refuse to see you. The real you! Not the person they believe you are, the human being that you actually are - who loves and laughs and feels; not all that different from those who judge you. You are a person regardless of age, race or creed yet you are spoken about as if you were an anomaly, and you're rejected in sometimes very subtle ways - ways that you are all too familiar with. You live with those...
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