Some of the impressions and reflections of our school visits in Chongqing are provided by the Arlington Heights group in the movie below (The movie may take time to buffer and begin). These comments are only a small part of the education we received on this trip, and only a glimpse into the amazing sights we witnessed. We all believe that the friendships and insights we acquired are lasting and important.
For my part, I found the people we met, inside the schools and out, to be warm and friendly, interested in Americans, and open to our ideas and thoughts. The teachers impressed us with their enthusiasm and passion. Their hopes and dreams for their students were the same as ours, and their dedication to their profession was extremely evident. The high expectations which they bring to their classrooms seemed to result in high student proficiency in many arenas and the students exhibited great pride in their accomplishments, their school, and their culture. The teachers we met seem to be serious about working toward a worthwhile exchange between our schools that will benefit the students of both countries, and help to show our students what living in a global world is all about!
chongquing from idelle melamed on Vimeo.