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Commentary > China Post > Daniel J. Bauer
Unfortunately, a number of local educators might well have emitted a collective sigh of boredom in response to news last week of a cheating scandal in the academic world. Some of us can be forgiven, I'm afraid, for being just a little jaded by now.
 
If I do say so myself, writers of weekly newspaper columns do not have an easy time of it.
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I wanted to run the other way these recent days every time my mind bumped against Orlando and the massacre there.
 
Reports have been flying through the air like fast-moving clouds about the future of student exchange programs between universities in Taiwan and their counterparts (loosely speaking) in the People's Republic of China (PRC).
 
A funny thing happened to me on the way to today's column, "funny" in the sense of "odd" or "coincidental."
 
"Tsai is 'extreme' because she is single: China."
 
Graduates at high schools and universities all over Taiwan are dealing these days with traditional "xie shih yen" questions. As much as I enjoy these celebrations, I believe we are long overdue in our need to change some of their aspects.
 
I do not know whether others with this same avocation might agree with me. I can tell you, however, that without a strong sense of emotion, I cannot offer words that are worth reading.
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On Mother's Day this year, all of us, regardless of our stations in life, are likely to have our mothers powerfully in our minds.
 
I occasionally lob a ball of sorts here in the direction of local English teachers, hoping that here or there a couple of them (perspicacious colleagues as they are) may grab onto something I say, and bring it to their students for discussion, or contemplation, or both.
 
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