Kids and teachers got the chance to see some unfamiliar faces at East Lansing High School. In Mr. Brandenburg's AP Calculus class, three guests from china learned how education adds up in America. Principal Dung Hui Yang says, The students themselves are more self-guided than those students are in China.
Dung Hui Yang is the principal at a school of 3,000. He's one of 18 educators here through the Visiting International Professional Program or VIPP. They are observing math, science, technology and gym classes in East Lansing High School and at MacDonald Middle School.
Yang says, The teachers are not focused on the student, but leave them to do things by themselves.
Since children in china are closely monitored, Hui Min Zhu is most impressed with the self-learning kids here are able to do. He'd like to take that idea back to his school. He says, the teachers are more student oriented, so he would like to introduce this kind of new thing back to China.
The principal at East Lansing High School says the teachers and administrators there are getting something out of the program too. Principal Paula Steele says, "The benefit is for our teachers at East Lansing High School to talk to teachers who come from China and for them to share ideas."
VIPP Program Coordinator Qing Xia says, It's a great opportunity to learn each other. It's increasing their awareness of differences and common grounds.
There is one thing however, that the principals from China probably won't change. Yang says, Obviously we have more homework in China.