Sherman Jen found inspiration in a Canadian classroom. His daughters started school in Vancouver and as he watched them engage in activities and take on projects in preschool and Grade 1, he noted the contrast to the Chinese system where young students primarily sat at their desks and listened to the teacher.
“This was so different and it had a very profound effect on my view of education,” he says. “It gave me the idea for a new model of education for China.”
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Sherman Jen's convocation address will be livestreamed June 19 during the afternoon spring convocation ceremony, starting at 1:30 p.m.
This story was also featured in the Times Colonist June 12.