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Concordia’s “Mao’s March” Contest Now Open to US Students and Teachers

March, 2012
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Each fall, Concordia International School Shanghai (Concordia) High School students head out across China on various service and educational learning trips known as “Interim.” For the past two years, Humanities teacher Mark Johnson has led a group of a dozen students on “Mao’s March.”

Mao’s March encompasses the Chinese Civil War, the Long March, and the controversial legacy of Mao Zedong. In preparation for the trip, students read two very different views of Mao’s legacy and develop critical thinking skills by practicing careful discernment on the biases of each work based on the background, perspective, and experiences of each author. While on the Interim trip the students visit Mao’s hometown, sites relevant to Mao’s development as a revolutionary leader, and talk with his former neighbors and locals about history.

In collaboration with the National History Day (NHD) organization, Concordia is now offering the opportunity for two United States high school student-teacher pairs to participate in the 2012 Mao’s March Interim trip from September 20-29, 2012. Concordia will pay for all trip-related expenses within China. The application deadline is April 9, 2012 and application requirements include a cover letter introducing the student-teacher pair, an essay and letter of recommendation for the student and teacher, and a Skype interview. For full contest details and requirements, please go to http://www.concordiashanghai.org/academics/long-march.

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