Throughout the usual school year, you have your good days and bad days... some weeks you're high as a kite, other's you're face down in the muck. It's best not to get too emotional about it. Here were some of the highlights from last week teaching in Taiwan that had its usual ups and downs.
Yep, caught a bunch of kids cheating on the English final. They'd stolen a test off a teacher's desk and were passing the answers around. It's funny, the only chance they had to swipe the exam was when the teacher was outside in the hall talking to an at-risk kid about his destructive choices. Stealing from a teacher... man, you can't get any lower than that!
Yes, a foreign teacher did confiscate a dirty Japanese magazine from a kid and yes, the Taiwanese kid did pull a knife on the teacher... to which the administration did NOTHING!!! The real question is, what is the school going to do about it tomorrow on Monday morning?
I'm just saying... there's options to Japanese cartoon books that could also be sold at 7-Eleven... or better yet, taught in schools! Just a thought...
I mean... even the Giant from Jack and the Beanstalk knows what I'm talking about.
Of course, there are good kids everywhere... and some make it worth your while just to show up everyday and hang out.
This would be the Japanese Manga version of a school ping-pong tournament.
I'll just say, in all matters like this, blame the Japanese.
So just keep this in mind people, you never know what kind of day you're going to have when you wake up... or year for that matter... some days you jump out of bed, the sun is shining, and you're off and running... others... you've got a Japanese demon in the bottom of your Cornflake bowl just waiting to say, "Domo! Domo!"