I knew instantly that I would never see it. Three months after Christmas, I was still waiting for a postcard sent by my mum. As my eldest brother noted over the phone, there was a little bit of Christmas cash tucked inside for me. I knew instantly that I would never see it. Three months after Christmas, I was still waiting for a postcard sent by my mum. As my eldest brother noted over the phone, there was a little bit of Christmas cash tucked inside for me. Considering that the Vietnamese postal system has always opened every single letter and parcel I've ever received, I knew the money would be taken. Although I hoped I'd at least receive the card, minus the cash, it never came. Among the banes of living in Vietnam, the postal service is a regular annoyance. Mind you, I was amazed seven years ago to get a parcel from my mum with all the great candy she sent still intact despite a horrid sticky-tape repair job on the box. Even my motorbike guy can plug a hole better than that. … [Read more...] about Written from Vietnam: It’s in the mail!
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Vietnamese academics must learn to think outside the box (23-06-2008) Director of the US Fulbright programme in Viet Nam Dr Tran Xuan Thao talks with the Viet Nam News about the scheme which is now in its tenth year. What is the programme’s main aim? It’s an exchange programme that enables Vietnamese scholars to travel to the US to either lecture or research at an American university or think tank. Do you get many applications every year? No. Not very many. However, the competition is fierce since I believe all the applicants have self-selected themselves before applying. In addition, since many of them are well-established and fully engaged in the system, finding a good time to get away from their offices is not always easy. Among the applicants we find a growing number of young professors and researchers. They represent the younger generation of Vietnamese intellectuals looking around for ways to improve the system. We want to select projects whose contributions to the … [Read more...] about Vietnamese academics must learn to think outside the box
A sea of yellow and red fans witnessed an explosive first-leg AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 final that saw Malaysia storm to a sensational 3-0 win on Boxing Day over arch-rivals Indonesia at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil December 26 evening.Although it was a great result, Malaysian coach K. Rajagobal said there’s still the second leg to go and the game was far from over. “The game was quite even in the first half although I thought that we were a little too eager where the execution in the final third was sloppy,” said Malaysian chief coach K. Rajagobal. “Okto (Vianus) was a handful but the other two strikers (Christian) Gonzalez and Yonki (Ari Bowo) were not too dangerous even though they came close on some occasions. “I thought that we deserved to win because we were more aggressive in the second half but the job is not over yet. There’s still another 90 minutes to play for.” The Malaysians, playing in front of a capacity crowd which included No. … [Read more...] about Safee strikes twice as Malaysia take three-goal lead in the first leg final
While you might have been trying to solve the brain-teasing math puzzle meant for eight-year-old students that went viral on the Internet last week, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper has found another unknown – the Vietnamese teacher behind the conundrum. >> An audio version of the story is available here It turned out to be far easier to find the author of the brain-mangling math problem than its solution. Nguyen Thi Kim Quyen, the chief teacher of the third grade at Thang Long Elementary School in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, admitted she was at first worried to see her math puzzle cause a stir on the Internet. “But I later reassured myself, thinking that what I have done is only for the sake of my students,” Quyen told Tuoi Tre on Saturday, after confirming that she was the teacher behind the brain-teasing math problem. The puzzle, which requires third graders to fill in a snake-shaped series of boxes consisting of several operations with the … [Read more...] about Meet the Vietnamese teacher who challenged third graders with brain-mangling math puzzle
Advice for Vietnamese teachers: do not waste time finding interesting and good materials outside the textbook to intrigue students, as doing so may lead to punishment. >> An audio version of the story is available here Teachers will not want to be in the shoes of Nguyen Thi Kim Quyen, a seasoned teacher based in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, who now faces a penalty after challenging her third-grade students with a brain-teasing math puzzle last week. When Quyen, who has 22 years of teaching experience, decided to give her students the extra exercise, she did not know that the math problem would go viral on the Internet and that she would ‘pay a price’ for the decision. The puzzle requires third graders to fill in a snake-shaped series of boxes consisting of several operations with the digits 1 to 9. Students are allowed to use each digit only once, and the math problem is meant to test their knowledge of order of operations, in which … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, efforts to help students could be interpreted as rule-breaking