great changes have taken place in … in the last … years.
/quite a few changes have taken place in …since ….
/over the past … years or so, great changes have taken place in our life.
…used to…, but now…
/ …in the past, but now…
/ once…, but now…
/things are different now.
/ but now, everything has changed.
生词：减轻学习负担—reduce learning load
how nice to hear from you again. you want to know what is going on in schools in china? in short, things have begun to improve since schools were called on to reduce learning load. i don"t know about others, but i used to have to work even at weekends doing endless homework and attending classes as well. now i have more free time. i can follow my own interests such as reading books, visiting museums, and taking computer lessons. in the evenings i can watch news on tv or read newspapers.
what"s more，i can go to bed earlier. as far as i know, everyone is happy about this new arrangement of things.
张各庄(zhang ge zhuang)远离其他村庄。过去，儿童上学困难。1988年成立本村小学(primary school)。
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zhang ge zhuang primary school
until 1988 zhang ge zhuang had no school of its own. it was pretty hard for the children of the village who had to go to school in other villages which were all far away.
now zhang ge zhuang primary school has three teachers, teaching 48pupils. the teachers had finished middle school education before they returned to teach here.
the pupils are divided into five different classes, in which six subjects are taught. there are chinese, maths, science, music, drawing and physical education.
education is free for all children in the village.