This afternoon an English teacher from one of the local private high schools is coming by to talk about some classes we are going to do at his school later this month. He is a dedicated and hard-working teacher. He really cares about his students, and would like them to hate English classes just a little less.
I have taught at this school several times now, and I am struck by the number of kids who have just tuned out. Number one suspect, the school system. Lots of the students respond and participate despite the beatings they have taken at the hands of the Education Ministry. A few kids sleep through class, read comic books, or send mail with their cell phones. What would they rather be doing? It would be refreshing to see kids planning the overthrow of the free world rather than wasting precious hours of their lives in an uncomfortable chair with alot of people they don't communicate with.
We will plan our classes for one week in March today, but I would love to get my hands on that curriculum there and get the kids going.