Sunday, July 15, 2018

540. Top Ten Countries that the Readers Come From


It has been over ten years, my readers would wonder how many readers and where the readers come from. With this post I will answer the questions to you, this website has attracted readers from all over the world. Below is the snapshot of showing the top ten countries which the readers come from. The United States stands the first position. There are 143, 185 page-views, accounted for 65% among the top ten countries.



539. Thomas Jefferson and Confucian Educational Principles




Confucius is regarded as one of the greatest teachers in Chinese history, one whose educational principles have influenced schools and pupils over many centuries across the world. With this paper, I will examine how these Confucian principles were introduced to the United States and subsequently aided the development of the country’s modern school system. Thomas Jefferson, one of the nation’s Founding Fathers and earliest presidents, was at the forefront of this Confucius-led transformation. Jefferson sought to apply two of Confucius’ core educational principles, meritocracy and universal education, to what was, in his time, an unstandardized and European-centric school system emphasizing the Classics.

Jefferson espoused the concept of universal education as early as 1779 in his Bill for More General Diffusion of Knowledge. Jefferson was ahead of his time, but his vision would eventually be achieved by the twentieth century as the nation approached a universal education system. In recognition of his pioneering efforts, Jefferson would become regarded as both “a founding father of public education” and the “founding father of democratic education.



Saturday, July 7, 2018

538. American Links to Confucius and China Reach Far into Our Past

 With this post, I would like to introduce you the speech made by Mr. John M. Dunn, President of Western Michigan University,  Opening of Confucius Classrooms in Portage Public Schools. The speech was delivered on October 24, 2011. However I just came across it on line. This serves as an indicator that Dr. Dave Wang's research has been widely cited throughout the country. Below I will quote from his excellent speech:


American links to Confucius and China reach far into our past:
➢ Recently learned, for example, that in 1737, Benjamin Franklin
published part of the book THE MORALS OF CONFUCIUS in his
PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE.
➢ FRANKLIN was interested in the ways Confucius linked moral
behavior between the common people and the government1 and
thought Americans could learn from Confucian thought.
➢ Thomas Jefferson incorporated numerous Chinese architectural
designed in his home at Monticello and in other buildings that he
designed.2

1 Dave Wang, “The US Founders and China—the Origins of Chinese Cultural Influence on the United States,” Education About Asia (Volume 16) p. 6.
2 Wang, p. 10.








Sunday, June 17, 2018

537. How to Be a Great Leader: Following Confucius’ Example



During his presidency, Thomas Jefferson was determined to make himself a great leader remembered by later generations as a leader for his great virtues. His deter-mination was reflected in his inclusion of a poem that Confucius recommended in his personal scrapbook.[1] The poem paid tribute to Prince Wei (武公) from the State of Wei (). Prince Wei was loved and respected by the people of his state.[2]  Confucius set Prince Wei as a standard to whom other leaders of various states should aspire.
Since Jefferson loved the poem so much he placed the poem in his personal books. It is worth sharing quotes from this poem. They will help us understand Jefferson’s purpose of having this poem.


[1] Colin Wells, Thomas Jefferson's Scrapbooks: Poems of Nation, Family, and Romantic Love Collected by America's Third President, in Early American Literature, Nov2007, Vol. 42 Issue 3, p.626.
[2] This poem is in Shijing (诗经The Book of Odes) compiled by Confucius. It is available on line at http://www.shigeku.org/shiku/ws/sy/shijing.htm

Thursday, May 24, 2018

536. 王小良受聘为西北大儒学研究院院长

皇后区图书馆Laurelton分馆馆长、圣约翰大学兼职教授王小良博士日前被聘为中国西北大学现代学院新成立的“儒学在海外研究院”院长,王小良本人出席了在当地举行的受聘仪式。
 
王小良长期从事中华文明尤其是儒家思想对早期美国影响的研究,过去十多年来在中美两地学术界都受到越来越多的关注。去年他更受到包括北京外国语大学、西北大学、吉林师范大学以及国际儒学联合会的邀请回国讲学,所到之处受到热烈欢迎。

  对于此次受聘担任国内儒学研究机构的领导职务,王小良表示,很高兴国内学术界也开始重视儒学在海外的传播和影响力,这与他多年来在美国所从事的儒学对早期美国影响的研究不谋而合,该领域的东西方学者如果能有更多交流,那无疑将极大地促进学术的发展,也有利于大家从不同角度重新审视儒学的价值。
  王小良在当天仪式期间以儒学与美国的建立与发展为题,介绍了儒家思想为美洲殖民地独立提供的强有力支持,以及美国开国元勋们采用儒家道德哲学的积极因素帮助建立殖民地社会的新美德,以满足建立新国家的精神思想需求。
  王小良还在当天仪式期间谈到了美国政治精英是如何借鉴儒家的文官考试制度,来推动美国的民主制度发展与完善,以及儒家思想是如何帮助美国建立合理的农业管理制度、乃至战胜经济危机的历史过程。

Saturday, April 28, 2018

535. Dr. Dave Wang's Research in Northeast Asia


With this post I will show you some information concerning Dr. Dave Wang's research in South Korea and Japan.
 


Sunday, April 8, 2018

534. Another University Uses Dr. Dave Wang''s Articles in Its Classroom


I have found that Dr. Dave Wang's academic papers have been used as teaching materials in American universities, including Johns Hopkins University. Recently I have noticed that Wayne State University has used Dr. Wang's papers in the course History 275 Chinese Civilization.

According to Wikipedia,

Wayne State University (WSU) is a public research university located in Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1868, WSU consists of 13 schools and colleges offering nearly 350 programs to more than 27,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Wayne State University is Michigan's third-largest university, one of the 100 largest universities in the United States, and ranked in the top 50 American public universities for research expenditures.
The WSU main campus encompasses 203 acres linking more than 100 education and research buildings in the heart of Detroit.