Today September 10 is the Teacher’s Day (教师节) in China. I want to thank all the wonderful teachers around the world. This Covid-19 pandemic has made teaching especially challenging, and we really hope that teachers and students can safely return back to classroom soon, especially those students in need.
I grew up in a family of educators. I am the fourth generation teacher in the family. My great grandfather cofounded a middle school 屏南私立戊辰初级中学 in 1928. It was the first middle school in that rural mountain area, and greatly benefited students in poverty. Both my parents graduated from Peking University during Cultural Revolution. Because of the “Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside Movement”, they were forced out of the cities and exiled to remote areas of China and became high school teachers in the countryside. After the Cultural Revolution ended, my parents were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend graduate school and later became college professors. I have been teaching MathCounts and AMC Math Competition Classes at Howard County Chinese School.
Happy Teacher’s Day to all the teachers including my parents and myself.