About the Scholar: Banban Tan grew up in China and attended The Affiliated High School of South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China
In the US, children with Down syndrome are typically educated in public school classrooms with their age peers. In China, they are educated as a group in full-time special training programs. Banban’s original research, described in this paper, is based on her interviews with randomly selected students at a Chinese special school, compared with studies of adolescents with Down syndrome in the US and the Netherlands. The Chinese children had good communication skills, but the American model was likely to produce better all-around skills. Neither model could prepare students with Down syndrome for a fully independent adult life.
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.