March 13, 2017

Capstone 2017: March 13 – Suzhou

Today was the first day at Suzhou Experimental Elementary School. Students participated in a Welcome Ceremony and TIS parent Pete Wright presents a gift on behalf of the TIS parents, staff and 5th graders.

Exploring Suzhou:

TIS Parent Update from Jonathon Hoffman:

Yesterday, we went to see the Suzhou Experimental Elementary School.  It is a public school with about 3,000 kids. We got to see our kids, and then we all were taken on a tour of the school.

Although the building is fairly new, the school has been around for over a hundred years. Far from the stereotype of Chinese education being learning by “rote and repetition,” the school beautifully demonstrates creativity, for example, in how it displays the kids’ artwork (and in the artwork itself); China’s rich cultural heritage; the school’s ties with sister schools in Singapore and Portland, a science playroom more fun than the kid areas in most science museums I’ve seen, a large soccer field, multiple outdoor basketball courts, and much more.  The teacher guiding us told us that they’re presently learning some of the important lessons from Confucius’s Analects. Here’s one of my personal favorites:

“Yu, shall I teach you what knowledge is? When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it;-this is knowledge.”