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Browsing Archive: March, 2012

Education: East versus West

Posted by John on Wednesday, March 28, 2012,
I have been fortunate to have experienced the teaching of students in the United States, South Korea, China, and Taiwan.  The positive experiences continue.  I’m often asked of my opinion of the differences of the education systems in each of the countries.  There always seems to be great anticipation that my answer will reflect positively of the country of the person asking.  While there are problems in all of the countries with their systems, I will speak generally about the positives
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The Viola Grace Expedition

Posted by John on Thursday, March 1, 2012, In : Motivation 

The Viola Grace Expedition was the idea of my brother Jerry Strain. We talked about making a plan together shortly after the death of our father. Our mother, Viola Grace Strain was excited about the idea. With the winter coming on, we set the date for the following summer. Our mother’s health was not very good, especially with the recent death of our father and she passed before our expedition. So Jerry thought to dedicate our expedition to our loving mother, Viola Grace Strain.

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About Me


John is a certified teacher from the United States with over 30 years of teaching experience in the U.S.A., South Korea, China and now Taiwan. He has taught elementary, middle school, and high school students in the areas of science, social studies, reading, grammar and writing. John has served as the chairman of the Sycamore School District's curriculum committee in the state of Illinois as well as worked on the writing of curriculum standards in the states of Illinois and South Carolina. John has also served the community of Sycamore, Illinois as an appointed Economic Development Commission member for 18 years and as an elected park district commissioner of 5 years. He has also participated in the Red Cross in Qingdao, China.
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