Dr. Daisy Lu, who holds a Ph.D. in education, spared her spring break to come to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and conduct an educational seminar. The seminar introduced the volunteer teachers of Instilling Goodness Elementary School and Developing Virtue Secondary School at the City to the most up-to-date theories and research in the field of education. Dr. Lu is an expert at teaching bilingual students. She pointed out that even if Chinese children in the United Sates learn English well, it does not hinder their study of Chinese. Actually, various research studies have shown that if a person can master one language well, he will be able to pick up a second language even better.
However, Dr. Lu emphasized that the use of hearing is of vital importance in the learning process. Many research studies have proven that among the faculties of human beings, hearing is the first one to develop and the last one to lose its function. Therefore, if teachers read good texts to their students, they can expect wonderful results. Buddhism has a Dharma-door called "Perfect Penetration through the Ear Organ," which can be an excellent teaching method.
Dr. Lu is a Catholic and is currently teaching at a public school in Seattle. She is very worried by all the violence in the high schools in this country, and admires the serene and peaceful campus of the City. She looks forward to having the chance to come again for a brief stay in the summer.