Kyle Tong is a teacher and administrator at Lincoln Academy who will be speaking about education in China at two upcoming lectures at the Kennebunk and Vose libraries as part of Camden Conference Community Events.

Kyle Tong, Lincoln Academy’s Assistant to the Head for Special Programs, will give two talks this winter about education in China as a lead up to the Camden Conference, which this year takes place on February 22-24, 2019 and will focus on the topic, “Is This China’s Century?”

Tong’s talks will take place at the Kennebunk Free Library on December 11 from 6-7:30 pm, and the Vose Public Library in Union on January 9th at 6:30 pm. Both talks will focus on the topic, “Chinese Education: 20 years of Evolution from Catch-up to Leadership.”

Tong has worked with the educational system in the Chinese city of Hefei for 20 years, and has had a personal view of Chinese culture through the lens of its school system. In his talks Tong will talk about traditional Chinese school systems and how they have adapted to the pressures of today’s modern economy. He will address how simple demographics drive so much in education and societal thinking, and attempt to transcend stereotypes and delve deeper into the mind of the Middle Kingdom.

Tong has been an educator for thirty-five years. Since graduating from Bowdoin in 1983 with a degree concentration in East Asian History, Tong has been a teacher and administrator at Independent schools in Massachusetts, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, Ohio, and Maine, where he is currently the Assistant to the Head for Special Programs at Lincoln Academy. While at Columbus Academy in Ohio, he started the East Asia Institute which involved teacher and student exchanges in East Asia and teacher training in Hefei, China. An author of two textbooks on American Language and Culture for Chinese students and teachers, Tong received the Columbus Council for World Affairs Award for Outstanding International Educator in 2007. In 2013, he was bestowed with the title of Honorary Citizen of Hefei, China for his work with the City schools.

At Lincoln Academy Tong is involved with working with present and future international boarding students as a teacher and coordinator of Lincoln Academy’s international summer programs. He also teaches in the Social Studies Department and serves as a student advisor.

“It is fascinating to have witnessed the changes and transformation of Chinese Education and their schools over the past 20 years,” said Tong. “The ability to adopt, adapt, and innovate in the realm of education has served their country and people well and is often a buffer against the volatility in other areas of Chinese society.”

For more information about the upcoming talks please contact the venues directly. The Kennebunk Library can be reached at 207-985-2173 or kfl@kennebunk.lib.me.us. Vose library in Union can be reached at 1-207-785-4733 or librarian@voselibrary.org.