Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A Chinese Artist in Michigan

Today was my first day tutoring in an English Second Language (ESL) class for this new semester. I met some very good students from India, Japan, Korea and China. Naigang,the Chinese student is an artist. Her work is varied and creative. It's too bad that I didn't know her before my visit to Beijing last May. I certainly would have made a point to see her work.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Understanding Two Dreams

Rick Steves' writes about two dreams one American and the other European in his:"A United Europe in the 21st Century: Eclipsing the American Dream?"

There is more to the American dream than what he states. However what Steves gives is adequated for the discussion.

For Americans who want to understand the differences between us and the Europeans would be well served in reading this essay.

Over the years I've tutored Europeans in an English Second Language (ESL) class. After reading this piece I was left with the thought that my students could have written the definiton that Steves gives for the European Dream.