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Teacher’s off to China

Posted By Leigh Alon On October 28, 2010 @ 4:03 am In Arts and Entertainment | Comments Disabled

At the end of January, a familiar face will be missing from the halls of the 9000s. Music department head Benjamin Youngman will be joining six other students and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter Rosemarie Sanborn on a trip to the Jingshan school in Beijing, South’s sister school.
The impetus for Youngman’s journey was a previously planned trip, which fell through when he first came to South. Youngman had arranged to take the Madrigals, South’s chorus of juniors and seniors, to China in 2003. However, due to the SARS epidemic they were ultimately unable to go. “Everything was paid for and set to go. Ever since then I’ve been trying to make up for that. [This trip] will make good on a promise, he said.
Youngman will be teaching English, Music, and Basketball at the school. He will be utilizing the many mornings he has spent playing basketball with fellow teachers.
This is not the first time Youngman has flown across the globe to share his music. Last April he and a select few Madrigals went to India where they toured the country, sang for children, and even had a workshop with a sitar player. Youngman hopes to have similar culturally enriching experiences in Beijing.
Youngman does have some reservations about the language barrier that Chinese presents. Although he took an intensive Chinese course over the summer, Youngman explains that he will needs at least “six years more of Chinese before being ready. Youngman did add, however, that much to his amazement, he will be able to understand some Chinese conversations while in Beijing.
Youngman worries about assimilating to life in Beijing, as he and his family will be living on their own, rather than in a hotel.
Of course, Youngman’s many students will miss him while he is away. Senior Michele Goldstein takes three classes that Youngman teaches: songwriting, chorus, and AP music theory. “I feel as though he’s very involved in my high school experience and as he is leaving for the last four months, it is very disappointing, she said.

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