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Curiosity Campaigns are Good for Education and the World: Teacher's Day Taiwan and Other Memories

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NOTE: Taiwan and China celebrate a day for teachers in September each year. In Taiwan it always falls on the 28th of September. In the USA, it is in May. World Teachers Day is on October 5 each year. In our elementary school here on Beigan Island, Taiwan, students celebrated TEACHERS DAY by first playing (recorders)and singing a song for the teachers. they pounded and massaged teachers shoulders, backs, and necks as part of a thank-you ceremony. They also gave teachers thank-you cards before going outside and playing a school-wide dodge ball match at the end of the school day.

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Recently, the Union for Concerned Scientists (UCS) has begun running an educational campaign on the theme of "Curiosity". (See the NOTES section below for an example of their most recent letters.) This particular UCS educational campaign is focused on changing the Worst-Congress-in-the-World's (especially referring to the USA Senate's) head-in-the-sand attitude towards the global disasters we are facing due to man-made related climate change. Curiosity (and encouraging students' and teachers' curiosity) should be a primary goal of education anywhere in the world.

As a lifelong teacher, I have always tried to encourage curiosity in-the-name-of teaching the world's youth to experience the joy of a positive attitude towards life-long learning . This insatiable curiosity, which I have had for over 4 decades, has led to my having already worked in ten different countries and with students from well over a hundred different lands during the past 25 years. Moreover, I have personally been empowered by the driving-forces-of-curiosity to travel in and journal (write) in over a hundred different lands.

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Two teachers and my own father originally propelled me on this journey of life-long learning driven-by-daily-doses of curiosity.

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KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global (more...)
 

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