This morning, Deputy Secretary Tony Miller visited Bai Nian Secondary school, China’s first tuition-free, non-profit vocational school.
After talking with the school leaders, Miller enjoyed pastries prepared by the culinary students and expressed his appreciation by exclaiming “Hao Chi,” the Chinese phrase for “tastes great.”
Miller spoke with the school’s students and spent an hour with netizens (online community activists) on the Qiangguo Forum, an online webcast of China’s People’s Daily. Miller smiled when one netizen introduced himself as Deputy Secretary Miller’s “Chinese Bro.”
Netizens asked questions on everything from education reform in the United States to Miller’s personal experiences as a student. Miller emphasized the importance of learning from each other and identified common education challenges such as improving math and science education, improving education assessment systems, and addressing global citizenship in education.
In response to a question about language study, Miller noted students in the U.S. need to be more fluent in the languages of the world, including Mandarin. He referenced his own study of Spanish and study abroad in Japan as an important part of his education.
Miller emphasized the Department’s excellent relationship with the Chinese Ministry of Education and the importance of implementing the U.S.-China work plan to continue to learn from one another.
While Miller met with Chinese leaders, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced he will join leaders from other countries at an international summit on the teaching profession scheduled for March 16-17. China and other countries will be invited to send a delegation to the meeting, which will be convened by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Education International.