Well, Mom, I'm glad you appreciate my "moxie" in writing honest report cards despite suspicions that parents would be upset. Unfortunately, some of the report cards haven't reached the parents, yet. And they won't. Not until I write to the parents' that none other than the sun shines out of their offspring's ass.
It began early today. I don't have a 3:30 class on Tuesdays, so I usually spend that time in "my" office either working or replying to emails and such. So, today I was at my computer when my principle came in holding a report card. She proceeded to tell me that Paul's mother would be worried if she saw the bad marks on his report. She doesn't speak English very well, so I responded, "She should be worried." Though Paul is a smart kid, he is a terrible student. He never does his homework and he drags other kids into his behavior issues in class. When my principle felt she was not getting through to me, she through in "By the way, his mother is important." I didn't even respond. How does one respond to that? She left me alone for the rest of the day and I thought it was over.
As I was packing my things to leave after my last class, she came in and said something that included the word "captain." She uses that word in place of principle. I told her I didn't understand, she left and came back with the phone; it was Julia. Julia wanted to talk to me about the report cards. Apparently, it wasn't just Paul's that was the problem. Julia went on to say that she hoped I understood that Yoon's is a business. And that the parents' need hope. Hope? Koreans want their country to be strong. They want to be able to do more big business with the West. Well, if they want future generations to fit in with Westerners, they should start by having them earn their grades. These kids are handed everything. The busy work they're given to make them feel like hard workers follows them into adulthood when they get a job standing around in HomeMart.
Long story short, no less than thirty report cards came home with me tonight. Most of them are B averages. I have until Friday to do them. I'm so angry and defeated, I don't know what to do but concede. Unfortunately, what they don't see is that I actually care about these kids and their futures. They'll never learn if we spoon feed them and never correct their mistakes.
On a lighter note, Ian's students randomly gave him candy today. And they all wanted to chat him up, so he didn't get any down time. And we started running again today. It felt great.
I'm sorry for writing two negative posts in a row, but things aren't so great on this side of the world right now.
We leave around 10am to go run, so I'll be around online from about 8am until then. Have a great Tuesday. Good night!