PITTSVILLE — A
central Wisconsin high school district is partnering with a
Chinese school to teach about 400 Chinese students a U.S.
is between the Pittsville School District in Wood County and two
schools in China. It's part of a larger program designed to help
American and Chinese learn about each other's cultures and
traditions, the News-Herald Media reported (http://mnhne.ws/17VJB5E
been done before, and we're very excited about what it can do for
Pittsville here," said Terry Reynolds, administrator of the
Pittsville School District. "And I know the Chinese are
excited about it as well."
The program is
part of a three-year partnership with Satellite Education Program,
a cooperative project between districts in the U.S. and the
Chinese Ministry of Education in Beijing. Students in the Chinese
cities of Tinjin and Yinchuan will begin learning the Pittsville
curriculum. An agreement with a third school in Shanghai is
teachers will be employees of the Satellite Education Program,
they'll be certified by the state Department of Public
Instruction, Reynolds said.
Once the Chinese
students graduate, they'll attend University of Wisconsin System
schools, said Richard Vought, a retired North Lakeland School
District superintendent who has helped coordinate the program.
in the process of hiring teachers," Vought said. "It's
time-consuming. We want to start out small and do it right. There
is a huge desire in China for students to come to America to go to
is intended to ease the logistics of setting up an exchange
program between the two countries. Officials also hope it provides
Pittsville and Chinese students a chance to exchange knowledge
about their culture, customs and traditions.
The program could
end up having larger implications, especially as China becomes an
increasingly important player in the world economy, Vought said.
these students could grow up and graduate and end up in a
high-ranking position in the government in China," he said.
"I would think it would be a good experience for