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China’s Cultural Revolution

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When the time came in the school year to teach about China and China’s Cultural Revolution, I would sigh. Not because I didn’t find China fascinating (I do) or think it was important (it’s incredibly important), but because I didn’t like my unit. Reading, lecture, questions, timeline, test, big yawn. The students got the material, but not the feel for the period or a real understanding for how it evolved. The questions—how and why did so many people let it happen?—were not answered for them. I hadn’t found what I needed to make it better. Then, two years ago, the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) produced just what I needed. I received an email about a four-day training at Stanford University on Japan, China, and Korea. I applied, got accepted, and attended one of the best trainings ever. There I was introduced to China’s Cultural Revolution, a fresh-off-the-press curriculum unit developed by Gregory Francis and Stefanie Lamb, full of engaging, thought-provoking, and easy-to-use lessons that give students the
opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and variety of strengths.

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