This morning I read a particularly interesting The New Yorker piece on poverty and its influence on the brain’s development. Reading this piece got me thinking, “What does poverty in rural China do to the brain’s development? Does poverty in urban America affect the brain’s development differently than poverty in rural China?” As stated in […]

The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe.–Jean Paul. This past week my principal discovered one of the most troubling new issues at my school: smoking. After 45 minutes of my principal lecturing to the entire […]

A lot of my emotions this semester has been wound up in feelings of sentiment: towards my students, my co-fellows, and even the local villagers and teachers. These feelings of sentiment are very much attributed to the fact that I am a sentimental individual by nature, a sucker for all things cheesy, a daydreamer who […]

Dear new fellow, You did it. You decided that for whatever reason, you wanted to spend the next two years right out of college in the middle of nowhere, in rural China. Congratulations! So as you prepare to embark this crazy adventure with Teach for China, here are some survival tips for your first year […]

Everyone should live in China at least once. Preferably, when you’re young and resilient, so you can handle the pollution. Living in the pollution will make you question how so many people can live like this, to have days where you can’t see the sun because of the smog. Living in the pollution will make […]

I have been living in rural China for about 10 months now, and I am slowly starting to get a sense of what rural poverty in China looks like in the 21st century. Of course, my observations within my own village does not warrant me generalizing about the entire span of rural poverty throughout the […]

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.–Peggy O’Mara How do you reconcile with certain cultural differences you are morally against? Corporal punishment has been a long-standing practice in rural Chinese schools; students are taught how to behave through physical punishment, and is something that is widely accepted. Teachers hit their students […]