In response to the letter by Shelley West instructing Mrs. Sievers to move to China and teach there, I wonder if Ms. West has visited China and seen first hand what an incredible country it is.
I was able to spend three weeks visiting many places in China from Beijing to Hong Kong. I walked on the Great Wall of China. I traveled on a cruise ship down the Yangtze River. I looked out and saw nothing but gray skies for the entire trip, wondering how an entire culture can exist without the beautiful skies I'm used to.
When I returned home, I went back to my job as a substitute teacher in the Livermore School District, filling in for a social studies teacher at the middle school level.
Their textbooks couldn't begin to bring life or interest into the subject of China, the articles I read while traveling about the hardships women faced nationwide so women created their own language as the only way to communicate, the cobblestone streets, the edited newspapers, rows and rows of terra cotta warriors.
I told the students I had just gotten back from China, that I had just been there. And you know what? They listened.
You know, it's funny. I don't remember being taught about China as a student. Maybe we were reading the text paragraph by paragraph and none of it meant anything to me. More power to Mrs. Sievers for teaching our children about such an amazing country.