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The Need for Evolution of Traditional Testing Means Aside from Preventing Uses of High-Tech Gadgets to Cheat

Due to how many of the colleges, universities had been found of students, cheating on their exams recently, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

There had been many universities with the cheating of the mid-term exams of late, the natives of the digital age knew more than their professors, how to get a higher grade from technologies, the pure moral lectures are, no longer enough, to block of these trends in cheating now.  In the online learning age, smartphones are, a part of, daily lives now, and, the digital became, an asset in cheating, and the traditional evaluation measures, and the rules needed, to adapt, and adjust, and amend to prevent this.

from before…

photo from online

The university lecturers used the never-amended textbooks to teach, whether the notes, the test questions, and even the reports for the classes are, easily, accessible, which allows the students to easily copy and cheat.  As I’d gone to my doctoral course, the classes are, smaller, and, the teaching assistant would find the newest English international publications, have the students read them, and the professor would evaluate, the materials for the courses are, innovative, and the students don’t dare slack off.

But, in the undergraduate level, when there are over hundreds of students per course, how can the professors resolve the matter of understanding of the materials?  The written reports, the exams by pencil and Scantrons, why aren’t they, effective?

The high-tech devices are the best tools for communication between us, also, a good device for cheating, the smartphones, the smart watches, glasses, iPads, Bluetooth, glasses, or even, watches too, not only are they, ever the more, advanced, and their sizes are, getting smaller too.

and now…

the watches, the glasses you wear are, the “best-used”, tools…photo from online

It seemed natural, to use the cell phones in class at the university levels, but, during the mid-term exams, the rules of the middle school exams, the college entrance should be followed, NO high tech devices allowed into the testing classrooms; even if there’s the limitation of space for storage of these devices, the high-tech devices should be placed aside, in a plastic bag that the schools can provide, to prevent the students from cheating using the high-tech devise, to set up the cheating prevention of the high-tech devise.

And so, these smart phones, smart watches, whatever became, a good tools for students to cheat with, unlike how we were to cheat back then, we only had slips of papers to write the answers on, over, writing of the answers over our hands to look at when we take the exams, and, the means to prevent cheating does need to evolve, because these high-tech devices are evolving too.

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The Education Reform of Taiwan that’s Headed, Straight Off the Cliffs

How the government had, @#$%ED up, the reforms of education, and it will, SCREW the competitive edge of the students that are currently, in the “system”, and these “kids” will become, who lead us tomorrow, and we’re all, SCREWED here, and all of this, is the DDP’s doing too!  On how the reforms of education got @#$%ED (maxed out!) up by the government, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The Department of Education isn’t Leisurely, It’s Just, Running Around Like a Headless Chicken

Education needs to adjust with the times, and so, all of the civilized countries would have to reform the education means from time to time, as needed.  But, as the wrong directions are taken, and so apparent, yet, the education reforms still kept going ahead, Taiwan is, the very one that’s doing this.

The U.S., due to the differences in economical backgrounds, there’s, this sharp difference between the educated and the illiterate.  Back in 1965, the American Congress passed the “Middle & Elementary Education Amendments”, to set up the basis of education, to help the students break out of the cycle of the socioeconomic status they were born in, so they can have better chances at a better future.  In 2001, President George W. Bush signed the No-Child-Left-Behind Act, hoping to reinforce the reading abilities, the math abilities, to prevent the students from getting eliminated by the society later on in life.  In 2015, the American Congress passed the “Every Student Succeed Act”, which was signed by the former American president, Obama, to ensure the K-12 mandatory education of children is up to standards.  Seeing how the foundations of building the society in U.S. had lagged behind, how the traditional industrial cities are dying off, the differences of the occupations in the cities versus the rural areas, we can understand, the effects of the American legislations’ amendments in education.

like this, the education reform in this country is doing, committing SUICIDE!!! Photo from online

Before the reforms of education here, the set up is on loosening the learning of the lessons, being happy in learning, totally opposite in comparison to the U.S.’s education reforms.  Considering how Taiwan’s situation worked, the economic just started to take off, the highly competitive realms of climbing higher in education, this means of thought may be shallow, but understandable.  And now, as the students’ happiness in learning is gone, the levels of the students are, slipping off that slippery slope, and, the stricter means of education, to make the citizens more capable for work later on when they start working, is about spent up completely, the competitive edge of this country is in, crisis, to the point of the leaders of the major industries are questioning the reforms in education now……seeing how the fires are burning too quickly, is the Department of Education still, leisurely?

Calling the Department of Education leisurely, isn’t quite right, it’s actually, too, busy, it’s just, that its, running around like a headless chicken is, creating more problems.  Let’s talk about two things that’s happened this past year.  The 2019 Curricular Reform came up with this thing called “Learning Process Profile”, and for the two years since its start, it’d caused the high school teachers and students to turn upside down, and in the end, the matter of “uploaded data profiles erased off the hard drives”, too shocking; and, the entrance exam cut off grade point was too high, causing the students to score high, but not make the rosters, that they had to, take the entrance exams that came later on, or to get into the retest course tracks.  And, the exams of 2022 is to get turned into the level grading systems!  That way, the grades of between 84.43 to 100 are classified as level fifteen grades.  Actually, the goals of the two are the same—to lower the importance of the number grade, to blur the score differences between the high and the low.  But from the angle of getting the most qualified students into the universities and colleges, is this, a valid, method?

And so, this, is how the system of education reform, will mess up the students of today, which means, that we’re all, SCREWED, because we’re looking at this group of younger generations, running this country to the GROUND, and there’s, NOTHING that any of us, ordinary citizens can do about it, because it’s the government’s doing, had it STUCK with its original methods of entrance exams, admittance to universities and colleges, then, at least, the children would not have lost, that competitive, edge, because from before, the students here all worked too hard, to get themselves, into, the hard-to-get-into universities in this country, and now, every couple of kilometers, there’s, a community college, a university, a technical university campus, making education more accessible, but, the quality of education is reduced, greatly here.

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The “Fruits” of Education, the Coffees that Turned Up White

The encounters of a school instructor, on a graduation trip, on how the government, @#$%ED up, in its, attempt to, “connect” with the rest of the world, advocating the importance of English education, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

I’d gone for the room checks during the graduation trip I’d taken my students on, my students asked me with his confusion, “Mr. Lin, is it normal, for coffees to turn out white after I poured in the hot water?”

I looked at the wrap, it had “Coffee Mate” on it, and I was, stunned, as his, instructor… “this is, not coffee!”, as he heard, he’d become, “ecstatic”, chimed in, “told you this is, milk tea!”, and I don’t know HOW I should or, could, react to that!

This odd scenario, is a true story that’s happened, in one of the, most, prestigious middle school graduating student, and, it’d made me think, of the reforms of education the government is pushing forth, and the blind goal of, dual-language country policies, so ironical.

The dual-language education allowed the schools to hire the instructors, certified in English language, and so, instead of counting out the numbers in Chinese, it’d become, a recitation of the numbers in English.  And yet, the students can’t even read “Coffee Mate”.

and, can we, blame the student, for his, mis-interpretation??? After all, there’s the word, “Coffee” on the pack! Photo from online

I’d remembered the school song from Teacher’s University, that first line, “The foundation of a country of education, Teacher’s University ranks at the top”, and now, the “foundations” of this country isn’t even set, it got, reformed out of WHACK, by the “expert scholars” inside those, ivory, towers, plus the politicians doing what they wished and willed, short-sighted, only wanted what benefited them, “Someone else’s child will die instead of our own”, pages after pages, of whacked out public policies, and what’s sacrificed, was the futures of, our own, future, generations.  We can’t even keep the foundations of this country, education rooted down firmly, and only, tried to, embellish the externals, wasting taxpayers’ hard earned money, and, damaging the citizens.  Looking at the frequently occurring acts of violence on the news, most of the perpetrators are younger generations, and it’d, alerted us: here comes, the consequences now!

I hope, that the individual in power, who truly cared about the wellbeing of the next generations can pull that stopping plug now, to stop using the excuse of “we won’t go backwards”, to refuse to examine the fails of the current reforms of education.  Walking down the wrong path, and keep going down this wrong path, it’ll, only, trap the country deeper, into, its own, mistakes, to the point of, never, turning back onto, the right paths again.

This is how education is, FAILING this next generation, of children, and, we are, going to be, ruled by them some day, and, we’re, totally, SCREWED, because this @#$%ED up government, messed up the reforms of, education here, thinking, that wow, we need to connect with the international fronts, so, let’s teach and learn in ALL-English, without realizing, that HEY, this is NOT an English speaking country to begin with, and English is, a second language here, for all of us, who’d been, raised in, this country!

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Too Many Debates Regarding the Learning Process Profiles, the Budgets May Be Frozen for This Part of the Reform in Education

Because the government didn’t think it through thoroughly, and now, this happens, and, all that money that’s already spent, FLUSHED, down the toilets!!!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The legislative department’s education and cultural committee members reviewed over the budgets of the Department of Education, the multiple legislators started questioning the contents of the dormitories of the universities, the enrollment/registration processes, the new entrance exam systems, the learning process profiles, along with other contents of the reforms, and the preliminary evaluation put the freeze on the spending of higher education reforms in the amount of fifty million dollars N.T.; and other legislators questioned the effectiveness of the learning process profiles, the dual-language education policies, the air-conditioning units for every single classroom, the experimental education schools’ efficacies, and, the department of education pulled the plugs on the funding of 1.5 million N.T.s of national education, and the Department of Education, and all other who wanted this to be eliminated would have to put the requests in written for, for the funds to be, allotted back into the system.

And, the model of learning process profiles that the Department of Education paid the information-technology department of Jinan University to set up, due to an engineer’s mis-touch, caused 25,000 files to get lost, it’d been more than a month since, the Department of Education still hadn’t come up with the plans to delegate the responsibilities, or evaluate, it’d caused the criticisms of the other parties not in power in the legislature.  The legislator, Lin pointed out, that it was improper, to not evaluate the budgets before they get to review over the evaluations.

The National Education Department yesterday also, posted out the details of the delegations of responsibilities, the head, Peng first claimed, “I won’t dodge the responsibilities.”, that he will give the reports on related matters by this Saturday, and they may be terminating contract with the Jinan University IT department, then, they will see if they will outsource a company, or find another university, to setting up a grade A operation room in the local regions.

The legislators, Fang and Wu questioned, the Department of Education’s reinforcements of the dormitories had partially met the goals, but the plans to combine with the social apartment complexes were a bust; there are also the legislators who worried the numbering of places of higher education facilities, questioned the effectiveness of the higher-education reforms in catching up to international standards; the legislator Kao mentioned, that the Department of Education posed the Yushan Plans to get more professionals internationally to come into the country, but the applicants are dropping the number by the years.

And so, this is how this country’s plans to become more like the west failed, it’d gone too fast in it’s implementing the plans of reforms in education, the students didn’t have the sense, to back up their learning process profiles, not realizing, that the data files will get lost (and it had!), and the people who operated the systems of upload, didn’t back up the students’ files on an alternative drive (b/c they didn’t expect that someone was going to press the “delete” button by “accident”!), and, the country is just, getting ahead of itself, in trying to catch up to the means of education that works in the western world, and, to think, that the western world had already been practicing these means of education, for hundreds of years (at least I’m thinking!), and the department of education here wants to achieve all of that overnight, and if that’s not stupid, going too fast, then, I don’t know what is!

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The Belief of the Elementary School Principal in Education, “Slow is Fast”

His beliefs about education: steady and slow, wins, that race!  A dedicated, educator, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The school principal of Jingwha Elementary, Tseng had been working for forty years to date in the realms of education, in the past, he’d pushed forth the teaching methods of the science subjects as closely related to life, as the 2019 education reforms were implemented, he’d hosted the seminars monthly, to help the instructors deal and cope with the changes in the new curricula, and given them advise on how to teach the classes, and, held firm to the beliefs of “in and out, living and learning”, to educate the students.  Tseng told, that this may be, ambiguous, but, the well-rounded beliefs of education leis that “simplicity will be everlasting, step by step, making the learning flow along more smoothly.”

Tseng told, that he’d been pushing forth the reforms of education of 2019, and now it’s finally, implemented, and the biggest differences of the former curricula and the current is in the “directions of the lessons”, for science, for instance, during the original lesson plans, the plants would be taken apart into parts for the students to learn about.

The Concepts of “Life in Life Out” in Teaching the Students

But the new curricula had the students to learn about the generalized concepts first, for the students to make observations about the plants, to get them to become curious, then to explain to them which part of the plants are which, the instructors’ roles in guiding the discoveries is vital, it’s closer to reality, instead of taking the plant apart, and learning the various parts of the plants from before.

“The concepts I want to train the students to learn is life in, life out”, Tseng said, that through caring about a certain thing, to discuss with the students on the processes, to hypothesize, to deduct, then to, discuss, to the final, end results, the conclusions, instead of ignoring the process, and getting, straight to the end, the answers.  And, after the discoveries, then, what’s learned in the classrooms can be more easily applied to every day life, the knowledge that the students can take, out of, the classroom setting.

the photo of this, dedicating, educator…

off of

Tseng who’d planned the science education curricula, and worked as the science club sponsoring instructor, with a rich experience in teaching the subject, even as he became the principal, he’d still set up the open lectures every school year, to teach the school children about science, and he’d hosted the education seminars to help the instructors find ideas to teaching, under the 2019 academic reforms.

Education Shouldn’t be Focused Solely on the End Result, and Ignoring the Processes of Learning

Tseng stated, that in the past, the students were passive, in absorbing everything the instructor fed to them, and now, the students are getting active, asking questions in the classroom settings, it would give the teacher more motivation to teach, but it’s also, a challenge, the students and teachers learning together, exchanging their thoughts, this, is the meaning of the new reforms of education.

Tseng smiled and told, that he has a belief about teaching, and running a school, which is, “simple is, longer lasting, slow and steady, wins the races.”, it sounds ambiguous, but the truth is, education shouldn’t be focused on the end results, and ignoring the processes in the middle, that it should be on the step-by-step discovery processes, after the concepts are learned, then, learning becomes, smoother flowing.

And so, this, is the school principal’s beliefs about education, and he’d, put his theories into, practice, in advocating the new education reforms, and, he’d made the lessons in science more applicable to the students’ every day life, which is, combining the theories with the application, which is what learning is, all about.

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What Tsai Needs to Do, is Turn Over the Reforms of Education

How the president still, blah-blah-blah, with NO way of understand, how her blah-blah-blahing, can affect the entire, “student body” in the country here, on the brainless education reform proposal that came up by the government here, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

During the forum the president, Tsai had with the high schoolers, one of the students asked, that the subject entrance exams that are about to get set in place next year, with the subjects of English and Chinese no longer mandatory, but up to the separate schools to decide whether they will take them, it’d caused even more pressures on the students.  Tsai replied, that she’s against that one-test will decide on the children’s fates, and tossed out the beliefs of the English skills tests to replace the English level exams, and, as she’d stated this, over tens of thousands of students, parents, and educators started sweating out, cold sweats, and worried over how the testing systems are about to get, altered again.

the students, voicing their worried, concerns of the reforms about to be, implemented…photo from online


The words, “one test determining fates”, such words are, good for, appeasing to the, general public, Tsai blurted it all aloud so carelessly too, not only did she make her own status closer to the people, she’d also shown that she’s a, populist sort of a ruler too.  Thankfully, the head of Department of Education, Pan stated, that no matter what the president said, everything will go as proposed from the original plans, he’d, poured that bucket of cold water onto the president’s, head.

There are, the varied forms of English level exams, with a wide variety of contents of the questions, different standards of grading each and every one, so which test results should be taken, for it to be, fair?  And, the test administering agencies are all public and privatized, the fairness, the subjectivity of the tests are to be, debated too; besides, the costs of these exams are quite high, the richer students can have more practice tests as they’d needed, but, it wouldn’t be fair to the students who don’t have enough money.

and here’s the president

the president here, sitting in, listening to the concerns, of the, students…photo from online

The reforms of education started back in the nineties, and, after thirty years of reforms, it’d gotten, worse and worse, the cities and the country sides are too diverse in the skillsets, in the past, it’s a means to an end, the calls to turn over education, but now, education became, a tool to replicate, the status, quo.  What Tsai needed to reform, is not the “reforms of education”, but, changing the reforms of THE, education.

And so, this, is the BRAIN less plan that the government came up with, in turning around education, and it’s making it, even harder, for those students who don’t got the cash provided for them (b/c NOT everybody was born with a rich daddy and a wealthy mommy!), how can every student afford to take these, paid-for-by-the-self tests, and that would mean, that the students who are, good academically, but raised up in not-well-enough-to-do homes, they’re, getting, SCREWED over, by this, new reform of education that the president just, “tossed out” on a whim, with absolutely, NO considerations of the families’ economics, and this president still foolishly believes, that wow, I’m doing everything for everybody in this country here, yeah, uh, you’ve got to be BLIND and STUPID, to keep on believing that!

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The Students Angered, on How the Server of the Learning Profiles Upload Lost Their Data and that the Department of Education’s Telling Them to Reupload the Data, Too Easy for the Department of Education to Blurt that Out

The system DOWN, and all of those “tiny little children” who FAILED to BACK up their work, got totally, SCREWED over!!!  And, woe is, T-H-E-M, due to NO backup, they’re, totally, @#$%ED up that’s for sure…off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

For the 7,854 high school students from eighty-one schools, September 25 WAS, a total, NIGHTMARE.  On that day, the media disclosed that the system of learning profile because of moving onto an alternative server, and there was a glitch, and due to, no backup, 25,000 already uploaded learning process profiles had been, damaged and can’t be, recovered back.

the students who got, @#$%ED up, because they can’t, possibly, duplicate, this…

working hard on their projects of the learning process profiles! Photo from online

Taoyuan’s Wuling High School senior, En-En (a false name) was one of the “victims” of this, system glitch, he’d pointed out, that the college admissions committees in the past stated that the projects are weighed n quality, not quantity, he’d put everything he had into every file he’d uploaded, and yet, in just one night, all of his second semester of this second-to-last year of high school, gone in one night.

The last year student from Zhongshan All-Girls’ High School, Ming-Ya (a false name) also testified, that although her school wasn’t affected by the glitch, but, there were friends of hers from other schools, because they’d not backed up their work, they’d decided, to give up on the admissions using the applications, and focused on the academic exams; the Department of Education doesn’t have a CLUE of how hard it would be for the students to REUPLOAD their files, “we’re preparing for our college entrance exams in our final year of high school, we do NOT have the time to do all of that all over again.  And, the learning process results, after we’d uploaded it, it’s done, it’s, not possible for us to return the files back to what we’d sent it in as that first time.”

En-En stated, that even as the Department of Education pays the instructors by the hours now, to help the students reupload their work, there were many students who’d gone to the instructors to discuss the matters by themselves, most would rather just, bury their heads down and work it again, or, do the reports on ones own, or with a group, the assistance wasn’t helpful enough one bit.

The National Guild of High School Education’s secretary, Hsu called out to the Department of National Education, try and finish inventory of what’s lost per school, and if the students had the backups of their own files, back it up, and, those who couldn’t find their work, set up the specialty cases with the schools independently to try and recover, so the instructors who are on the frontlines can know which students are in need of the re-counseling, to prevent the kids giving up on themselves, because they don’t want to redo the projects again, which will cause even more unfairness.

And so this is still why, we ALWAYS and FOREVER, BACK UP our files, and, back up THAT backup files, because if we don’t, this can happen, and, it’s just, a tiny little blip in the system, that’s, going to screw, ALL these, high school last year students over, and, to think, that they originally had the opportunities, to get into, the topnotch universities, but, because of that tiny glitch, they’d, lost that, and it’s still the fault of???  Oh yeah, the DEPARTMENT of EDUCATION here, and boy oh boy, am I glad, that I’m out of the school setting already here.

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The Learning Process Profiles, Causing the Technical High School Students to Burn on Both Ends

I really, DO, feel, sorry for, these, next generations of, students here, they got enough on their plates, and here, the government’s, making it, even HARDER for them, like we the children don’t have enough already???  But hey, it’s still, the policies made by, the Department of Education here, a B-U-S-T, in the reforms of education here, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

Next year, our first graduates of the newly implemented reforms of education is coming, for them, the learning process profiles, are, the biggies, but, the National Teachers’ Guild’s Home Chapter pointed out, that whether it be ordinary high schools, or technical high schools, the Department of Education mandated that the schools must upload the learning process profiles into the Central Database completely, causing the technical high school students to be tried by, preparing the profiles, and getting ready for the college entrance exams in May, which will make it harder for them to concentrate on their entrance exams, and, the act of having students upload their learning profiles is questioned as “focusing on the academics too much, and not on the skillsets enough”.

the “checklist” of what the students need to upload to the database, from online


The Department of Education stated, that this is on the matters relating to the students’ higher education rights, that it affects the works of the entry level executive paperwork along with the risks of enrollment of students, that they will come up with a more fitting plan to deal with this, with the national education unit, in considering the rights of all students, and the needs of the parents too.

There’s a different system of gaining a higher education for the four-year university academic programs, and the two-year community college technical programs, the college entrances are administered in January of every year, while the general exams happen in May.  Based off of the Department of Education’s plans, the high school students’ exam results would be posted by end of March, and by April 26th, the learning process profiles should be uploaded into the systems, with the same dates for the technical high schools, causing the technical high school students faced with the generalized entrance exams in less than a week’s time.

The leading member of the All General High School Program Education, Chang stated, that the technical high school students only had the generalized entrance exams of May, not like the regular high schools, with the subject exams, there’s no need, for them to follow the track of the college entrance exams processions, the two should be apart; the C.E.O. of the All-Education Foundation, Hou also stated, that of the technical high school students, half of who used the skills program to continue into school, that the learning process profiles are a major thing for this group of students, that the timing for the academic, the skills exams being at the same time, it may, impact the rights to continue education for the students of the technical high school tracks.

The Changwha Business High School instructor, Wu told, that the new curriculum is student-centered, but, as the students are preparing for their exams, they don’t have a clue what their interests are, making it hard for them to decide, based off of the current system, the students may be distracted to focus on preparing for their entrance exams.

And so, another FAIL is what this is, because this country is going “western”, not realizing, that transitions like these need to come a step at a time, and, before thneed to come a step at a time, and, before things are set up completely, with all the resources, available and ready for the students to use, WHAM, the systems F-R-I-E-D, and, guess W-H-O will, suffer the most from this???  Oh yeah, future generations of teens, entering college!

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The Visions of the Country to Become Bilingual Next to Impossible, Too Many Blind Spots of the Elitist Methods of Education

And, I R-E-S-T, my C-A-S-E, “your honor”, on the HALF-ASSED proposal of turning the country into, dual-language, from a parent of a high school student, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

2021 was Year One of Bilingual Education here in Taiwan, because the experimental dual-language classes set up from the elementary school level, all the way into the universities.  The Department of Education selected N.T.U., National University of Education, Chenggong University, and Zhongshan University as the primary universities, with forty-one other schools, fifty high schools setting up their dual-language experimental courses, hiring over hundreds of foreign speaking instructors to teach on the elementary and middle school levels, and training the dual-language fluency instructors at the same time.  This determination, is quite rare in history, but, to meet the goal of the country becoming a dual-language fluency country by 2030, this is, next to, impossible, and the reason being that the system is too superstitious in the elitist methods of education, with too many, blind spots.

Blind Spot 1: only sighting the beginning, without the affirmative, end results.  The government is too used to setting up the schools that are already doing well from before, to make itself look better in the implementing of the policies.  At the start, this plan is quite convincing, but the progressions of how to achieve the end goal, it’s, an obstacle.  Because the “standardized schools” are mostly well-performing at the very start, but lacking as the plans carry forth, not given enough resources, with not enough understanding, which makes the implementing of the policies, quite impossible, and in the end, the schools can only use the means of “political statistics” to turn in a “pretty result”.  And, the result of this is the government using the same standards, and, push forth, another plan like the one that failed from before.

This has precedence, in the reforms of community colleges into top-notch universities, of how all the two-year and four-year colleges became universities, and it’s not, effective at all

Blindspot #2: making the already excellent even better, but does NOTHING for those who had a slower start on the starting lines.  There are two benefits of the outcomes of the dual-language education, first, having English into an extra language of instruction aside from Chinese, with the language being used for other subjects (biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics), to add to the fluency of English, secondly through the English language, getting the extra energies in learning needed for the other subjects in school.  But to get this bonus of dual-language education, you needed to have good enough knowledge in the subject already, and, the fundamentals in English too.  And so, the setting up of the high school experimental dual-language education courses, to filter out the better students, to ensure this result, it’s, understandable.

But, from the past experiences of experimental education, experimental education, ultimately, is only, an experiment, hard to generalize, and losing its colors right now; the experimental classes, like the gifted-and-talented and special education, focusing all the resources on students who have the abilities, and, neglecting those students who are in need of more help in the subjects, and raising the levels of understanding for the classes as a whole.  It would be hard for dual-language instruction to be effective, focusing on making the fluent learners better, and not helping the students who are, having a hard time.

Blindspot #3: emphasis on foreign-born instructors, and treating the country’s own instructors as secondary.  The success in dual-language education lies in the instructors, although the Department of Education started getting the foreign-born instructors to teach in the elementary and middle schools, to date, with a total of more than 1,500 members of the teaching staff, it’d not made the dual-language learning environment more beneficial to children. While the training of the dual-language instructions for teachers who are born here is still in the internship or recruitment stages, it won’t fulfill the pressing needs.  The curtains are now, raised up, and the government can only, place the foreign-born instructors in the slots, and, it’s quiet, pessimistic, when the country’s own trained English instructors can take over.

I’m glad, to see the implementing of dual-language instructions, but, this should not only be available to the students in the more achieved statuses, with the elitists, it will not be possible, for this country in becoming a dual-language fluency nation.  Only through flipping over the logic of the policies, and the implementing of the policies of foreign language instruction, to use the “Grassroot method”, to replace “English classroom” teaching method, to help those who are lesser, that, is the making, of a true, dual-language, country.

So, based off of the current ideals of foreign language instructions, the children who have the resources will have a better chance at succeeding, while children from the lesser socioeconomic statuses, they’d be, SCREWED, because they are not allotted as much resources they need, to succeed in their learning English.  And, this is still, a HALF-ASSED proposal by the government, turning this country into dual-language by 2030.

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Wanting to Have More of a Long-Term Effect of Foreign Language, a Taiwanese Learning Method Should Be Established

At a loss for words, is what this, policy of foreign language instruction will turn the children of today into tomorrow…not thinking it through, the government here!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The Tsai government called out, that we will be a dual-language country by 2030, and the executive yuan will set forth ten billion N.T. in budget in making this happen all the way to 2024, from the newly implementation of dual-language instructor in the school semester that started in September this year.  But the scholars analyzed, there’s little to no drive for the country’s own instructors to get trained as foreign language instructors, while the Department of Education is throwing huge sums of money down, hiring the foreign born teachers to teach.  But, the learning environment is different compared to that of U.S. and European nations, that the “Taiwanese mode” should get set up, for the program to have a longer lasting effect.

introducing children to the various cultures…photo from online

The common point of the dual-language education that the country set up is by hiring of foreign-born instructors to teach in the schools, starting this semester, the middle and elementary schools gets a total of 300 foreign instructors; with the added fifty classes of experimental education in dual-language per school, with a foreign instructor hired per class; while the community college levels, they’d selected a standard school, to get the foreign-born individuals to join the teaching staff.

The assistant dean of student affairs of N.T.U., professor of Education Department, Lin worked in the dual-language focus schools in Singapore before reminded, that the environment of learning here is different compared to that of Singapore, U.S., and Europe, that there should be a unique method to start off the education of English, that the country should NOT rely solely on the foreign born instructors, and, blindly, transplanting the experiences of Europe and U.S., otherwise, the programs would be, short-lived.

And this, is only, one of the, tiniest, “adverse” effects of globalization that’s found here in this country, the department of education finally realized, just how important for us to get onboard the “international train”, which is why they’re, now, implementing these policies of foreign instructors, without knowing and/or noting, that you HAVE to teach the children ONE language, and for the children to learn their mother tongues well enough FIRST, then you can, instruct them in a second language, while they’re implementing the foreign language instructions in the lower levels of elementary years, when the children hadn’t even mastered Chinese yet, uh yeah, that’ll, totally, BACKFIRE all right!

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