China Educator

Beyond The Wall

A 14-Day Seminar for Educators

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Duration
14 Days
Description

An international experiential education course for teachers of global studies & world languages, and for coordinators of travel abroad & community-service programs.

Dates

Jul 1 - Jul 15, 2017


Suggested Ages

All ages

Number of Participants

12


Availability

open

Begins In

19 Weeks

Tuition

$3,300


Estimated Flight Cost

$1,400

BEIJING

SHANGHAI

NANJING

CHONGQING

Program Overview


Scholars of Chinese history know that a dynasty’s continuity has always hinged on its ability to care for the health of the countryside. Flood and famine presaged a change of rule. How will today’s Chinese leaders manage the consumption needs of an increasingly well-educated, affluent and urban polity, while caring for the needs of China’s rural farmers and ethnic minorities? What are the most significant hurdles confronting China’s new leadership, and what continuing opportunities and new challenges can we anticipate in the decades to come? We invite teachers to join us on a dynamic and holistic exploration of China as we explore the seminal environmental and economic issues confronting the Middle Kingdom on this international seminar for teachers.

Based in Yunnan province, and with special consideration of the Three Parallel Rivers nationally protected area, this professional development seminar examines a bellwether case study of the intersections of culture, economy and environmental…

Scholars of Chinese history know that a dynasty’s continuity has always hinged on its ability to care for the health of the countryside. Flood and famine presaged a change of rule. How will today’s Chinese leaders manage the consumption needs of an increasingly well-educated, affluent and urban polity, while caring for the needs of China’s rural farmers and ethnic minorities? What are the most significant hurdles confronting China’s new leadership, and what continuing opportunities and new challenges can we anticipate in the decades to come? We invite teachers to join us on a dynamic and holistic exploration of China as we explore the seminal environmental and economic issues confronting the Middle Kingdom on this international seminar for teachers.

Based in Yunnan province, and with special consideration of the Three Parallel Rivers nationally protected area, this professional development seminar examines a bellwether case study of the intersections of culture, economy and environmental sustainability. While visiting urban and rural communities and traveling into the foothills of the Tibetan Plateau, we look at the efforts of international and home-grown NGOs to protect cultural and environmental integrity. Kunming, capital of Yunnan, is fast becoming a center of Chinese language study, and we further use our time together to visit local and international language training-centers to survey techniques in Chinese language instruction. Any teacher or scholar of China will benefit from Dragons twenty-one year history of work in China and our approach to getting off the beaten path. Participants on our China Educator Seminar return home with stories and lessons developed through authentic exploration of contemporary realities that extend well beyond the veneer of China’s coastal cities and trodden tourist sites.

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Topics Include:

  • Economic Development and Environmental Conservation: How can China sustain growth and ensure sustainability for itself and others? What is China already doing to promote environmental sustainability? With China’s insatiable appetite for energy and the extraction of natural resources, what impact can we anticipate as China hurls itself into the race to develop?
  • Cultural Survival: Spending time in a ethnic minority communities we examine how Chinese national identity and the many nations of China negotiate the politics of identity, and the continuity of diverse cultural practices.
  • Mandarin Chinese Language: Working with our core of on-site language instructors and program house resources we will exchange best practices in Mandarin Chinese Language instruction.
  • History of Modern China: No country on earth has suffered a more bitter history in modern times than China. Four years of civil war after 1945 led to the Maoist era, with its purges and repression; the disastrous Great Leap Forward; a famine that killed tens of millions; and the Cultural Revolution. Yet from this long trauma, China has emerged amazingly in the last three decades as an economic powerhouse set to play a major global political role, its future posing one of the great questions for the twenty-first century as it grapples with enormous internal challenges. Understanding how that transformation came about and what China constitutes today means understanding its epic journey since 1850 and recognizing how the past influences the present. As Confucius said, To see the future, one must grasp the past.