I was teaching phonics the other day and the word “fig” came up. I asked if any of the kids knew what a fig was and all their hands shot up and they almost automatically told me the word in Chinese. When I asked them how they could know such an odd word they showed me a list of 100 fruits.
Swiss chard, calrabi, xigua (doesn’t even have a friggin English name!) jalepeno, etc. They told me that all the kids in their school have to memorize this list for some exam.
Now why the hell are they making a bunch of elementary kids memorize a list of obscure fruits and vegetables? They didn’t even know what most of the words were in Chinese. How does this help theml?!