This is something that makes me want to swear like a sailor, but I wont.
This parent was saying how their kid couldn’t write and translate complete sentences from a grammar book and how kids should learn to write before they can speak.
After the parent left everyone commented on the stupidity of the statement.
I said something stupid like, “but, that’s the way everyone does it in Taiwan. It’s like the Taiwan way”.
Instantly, someone that I’ve grown to distrust and distain, spins around and says, “you don’t need to snub your nose at Taiwan culture. It may not all be correct, but it’s our culture.”
Oh dear, there is a statement that borders on the stupidity of the parent they were discussing. Since when does the acquisition of a language, English, have anything to do with culture. Somehow culture justifies stupidity? That takes the cake. With an attitude like that no wonder nothing changes. I am surprised it wasn’t followed by a lecture on the 5000 years of history, and I am sure that we’d discover that they invented English teaching.
Geez, I am ranting here. I do wonder though, how many local teachers really feel that way?
Teaching English IS NOT Culture!
Btw, this is my home. I have spent a large percentage of my adult life here. Patriotic my butt - can’t accept the truth.