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I am an accomplished international school development leader. In 6 years I have managed to go from an inexperienced teacher to a school leader who has been instrumental in the development of a new school offering an international curriculum that includes IGCSE and A level for students from the age of 6 to 18 years of age. As head of the arts department I have created and written my own ... Read More>>

I am an accomplished international school development leader. In 6 years I have managed to go from an inexperienced teacher to a school leader who has been instrumental in the development of a new school offering an international curriculum that includes IGCSE and A level for students from the age of 6 to 18 years of age. As head of the arts department I have created and written my own textbooks for drama and lead a team to build a successful arts curriculum for music, art, drama and visual arts with an emphasise on cross curricular project based learning.

Jack_lerkio

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Jack_lerkio

Jul 13, 2016 18:08

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news China’s Youth Hostel Culture: Younger Than its Customers

How many hostels have you stayed in? Sure, I've had some bad experiences but as a whole it's genuinely pretty good. Honestly better than a lot of European countries. Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Jul 10, 2016 00:21

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news China’s Youth Hostel Culture: Younger Than its Customers

Chinese hostels are genuinely really good. In some countries I would recommend staying away from the hostels but not in China. Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Jun 28, 2016 20:51

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news Expats Who Don’t Learn Mandarin Find it Hard to Succeed in China

Almost everyone I know who have ACTUAL success in China can't speak a word of Chinese. Whether that is English teachers who have managed to climb up the wage ladder to 30-40k/m in just a few years or exporters or manufacturers or restaurant and bar owners. Not one can speak any Chinese. Amazing really. Maybe while ... Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Jun 27, 2016 05:10

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news 5 Things I’ve Learned About China That I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Shenzhen is a boom town what rules apply there are not universally true for all of China. Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Jun 27, 2016 05:06

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news 5 Things I’ve Learned About China That I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

When it comes to public toilets give me a squat toilet anyday. I would never plonk my arse on a conventional public toilet and would probably end up hovering over the bowl trying to hit the target. With a squat toilet I never have to worry about this. Perfect. Obviously in the home I like a conventional toilet. Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Jun 27, 2016 05:01

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news 5 Things I’ve Learned About China That I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

I always get overly offended when people call British food bad. Especially Chinese and especially when they have never been to Britain. I remember one person who had been to Britain told me that all there was were hamburgers??? I was like where the hell did you eat? Another only ate Chinese food in Britain. Chinese ... Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Jun 27, 2016 04:51

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news 5 Things I’ve Learned About China That I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

He isn't saying that you will see 5000 years of history everywhere. That's kinda his point. He's saying that people will use it for an excuse for their behavior even if what they are doing has nothing to do with their history. It is a very stereotypical article but stereotypes often reflect reality. Having been here ... Full Comment>>

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Jun 05, 2016 19:23

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news Light a Candle: Overcoming Discrimination in China’s ESL Market

I've grown weary of this conversation so I will try not to keep feeding you. However I need to clarify a couple of things and then I am done. I hope... The only reason I mentioned my friend was because you believe that I am against minorities having jobs. My friend is actually British but as British to you means ... Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Jun 04, 2016 03:02

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news Light a Candle: Overcoming Discrimination in China’s ESL Market

I'm not accountable for other people's actions. It really is as simple as that. You're not using the words "you", "we" or "some" in the way that you claim. I never professed to be almighty in my knowledge of English. Actually I've spent most of my life not living in the UK so I don't see how it defines me at all. ... Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Jun 03, 2016 16:42

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news Light a Candle: Overcoming Discrimination in China’s ESL Market

You're right it was a long winded reply. I was just intrigued by some of the comments made so decided to use google to fact check. BTW you can do that you know. Just type it in your search engine you will find it. Firstly I never voted my 'PM' into power. I've never voted for the conservatives and I never will. ... Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Jun 03, 2016 15:18

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news Light a Candle: Overcoming Discrimination in China’s ESL Market

Those that already work here will just get grandfathered in. This will only apply to the new teachers coming to China. In theory it could raise the game of those that do get grandfathered as they will then find themselves being compared to qualified teachers. So in theory it has the potential to raise standards. Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Jun 03, 2016 15:15

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news Light a Candle: Overcoming Discrimination in China’s ESL Market

You're talking BS mate and what you're saying doesn't reflect on what was said or the world at all. You see everything as a race issue when it isn't. Economy has a much bigger play in all this. Think about it seriously... Without claiming everything is racism. Which I know may be hard for you to do. Who said they ... Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Jun 01, 2016 21:42

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news We Need to Revolutionize Chinese Studying Habits

True, they can't be used as the only form of learning or teaching. They still have a place in language learning though. Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

May 29, 2016 21:31

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news We Need to Revolutionize Chinese Studying Habits

Can you speak a foreign language? Memorization and flash cards do have a place in language learning. If they didn't then language learning software like Rossetta Stone, Memrise, Duolingo and Primsleur wouldn't be so popular. The only real difference is that these apps or programs employ spaced repetition and not just... Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

May 25, 2016 15:24

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news We Need to Revolutionize Chinese Studying Habits

The problem is simple and that isn't with the students or the teachers. The problem is at the top. There is a reason that schools that teach foreign curricula like Cambridge secondary are obtaining the highest grades in China. It's simply because the schools who teach these are run by forward thinking and open ... Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

May 24, 2016 23:47

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news Shift to Service Economy is Transforming China’s Young Work Force

If what you're doing sounds like Thatcherism then maybe you should stop. Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Apr 28, 2016 13:32

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news Office Craziness in China (Part 1)

Also if you ever took the time to look beyond your own ignorance then you would find that this person is neither a man or American. The author is a Chinese woman! Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Apr 28, 2016 13:20

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news Office Craziness in China (Part 1)

It's a blog. Have you never read a blog before? They are written from the authors perspective and tend to be like diaries, you can write whatever you want into them. Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Apr 25, 2016 22:08

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news Parents Need Not Apply

Have you actually tried negotiating with the schools about this. I haven't been here anywhere near as long as you have but I have always found that schools are willing to negotiate. Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Apr 25, 2016 21:04

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news Parents Need Not Apply

There are many laws that private tutoring breaks. Earning without paying tax is against the law. To pay tax you need to declare that you are self-employed. If you are a foreigner and self-employed in China then you need a business licence. Also an agent provided visa will mean that you are hired by that agent. These ... Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Apr 22, 2016 12:56

Around China : Jack_lerkio commented on news Beijing Performance Artist Invites Audience to Touch Her Breasts

Woman has her mosquito bites scratched. Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Apr 19, 2016 17:53

Around China : Jack_lerkio commented on news India Will Have More People than China by 2022

I would imagine that having and uneducated workforce could be good for their economy. I mean I know next to nothing about the economy but historically having cheap uneducated workers seems to be a good thing for the country. Look at the American and Chinese rise on a world stage. Both seem to coincide with the ... Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Apr 18, 2016 23:00

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news Simplifying the Art of English Writing

If there was ever proof that China isn't regulating its teachers enough it is this. China seriously needs to enforce on their schools regular staff training. Even the qualified teachers that are coming over are not teaching to the high standards that would be expected back home. I don't blame the teachers it's not ... Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Apr 14, 2016 21:39

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news 5 More Overrated Foreign Brands that Chinese Love (Part II)

This foreign brand bashing is tiresome. There's a reason why companies hire foreigners to sit at their Chinese factories and oversee the production. If they leave the Chinese to it the quality has a drastic drop. Chinese society and culture is built around the idea that cheaper is better and that scamming someone is ... Full Comment>>

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Jack_lerkio

Apr 09, 2016 04:17

Articles : Jack_lerkio commented on news Was it a Scam? Woman Still Single after Paying 700K to Matchmaking Agency

Just a greedy woman who deserves to be single. She's fat because she can't say no to that extra bit of cake and she's single because she can't look beyond a mans wealth. Full Comment>>

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