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Words of the Day: Xue Xiao (School)

Posted: Saturday, September 11, 2010 By Ni Hao Books

The Words of the Day for today is 学校,xué xiào (school). In my previous blog I mentioned as my son started kindergarten, I've noticed quite a bit of differences between schools here and the schools in China. One very interesting thing is, classes here get shuffled every year. When my son goes to 1st grade next year, his classmates will be all shuffled and he might not see anyone from his kindergarten class in his 1st grade class. This always perplexes me. The reason is, we stay with the same group of classmates from 1st grade to 6th grade in China. Then we are with another group of classmates from 7th to 9th grade, then with another group from 10th to 12th grade. This really allows great friendships to develop. Some of my closest friends today are the ones I've spent quite a few years being in the same class with. I've been told the shuffling of students here in the US allows students to develop better social skills, since they have to face new groups of students every year. We will definitely have to wait and see how my son adjusts next year.


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