I’m a Politics Teacher in China

And no, I’m not writing this from prison

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Debating My Future

While the first version of my new course was weak, I learned from my mistakes and re-wrote it until it was perfect. My content intrigued the Chinese parents who had bright kids that were too smart for ESL.

Debate Turns to Politics

The version of debate that I now teach is a hybrid between debate and model UN. When a student begins the course, the content is heavily focused on simple debate principles, but turns heavily political towards the end.

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Teaching… Carefully

During class, I run activities where I lay out all forms of government used around the world today and in the past, and kids are able to pick the ones they like and would choose if they were in a position to do so.

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Catching Flack

I haven’t made any “slip-ups” since then, but I have caught flack from fellow teachers.

What I’ve Learned

If there’s one thing I’ve learned teaching politics in China, it’s that it’s very easy to make enemies of other adults whenever I seem too cozy to China, too radically opposed to China, or too” robotic” and unbiased. (There’s literally no way to avoid ruffling feathers).

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I write articles that inform and delight from my anti-virus bunker in Shanghai, China. 🇦🇺 🇨🇳

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