Today in History: Chang Poling Is Born

| April 5, 2019

Poling Zhang photoThroughout my service at Teachers College I have been privileged to work with students and scholars from all over the world. Equally, I came to appreciate the deep historical research interests in leading international educators — or even all educators from a particular country, whether Mexico, Brazil, Haiti, China — but particularly China — who chose to study at Teachers College. Among them is Poling Chang, also known as Zhang Boling (April 5, 1876-February 23, 1951), co-founder with Yan Xiu of the prestigious Nankai University and the Nankai system of schools in China. I connected an important trail of institutional initiatives, including TC’s Center on Chinese Education, which aims to contribute to a better understanding of education in China and to educational exchange between the United States and China, through research and development, education and training, and outreach and exchange.

A graduate of St John’s University in Shanghai, Chang Poling came to Teachers College in 1917 where he was significantly influenced by the philosophy and teaching of John Dewey, Paul Monroe, and William Heard Kilpatrick. Zhang Poling also recognized the relationship between sports and education by establishing annual national athletic meets. He not only sought to develop the whole person experientially in and out of the classroom, but he also affectively managed the impact the war with Japan by founding the Chongquin Middle School and evacuating all the Nankai schools to Changsha in the Hunan province.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

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  • Photo of Chang Poling, Courtesy of Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Special Slide, made by Carlie Zhang, Courtesy of Edlab Studios

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