Chinese is the only language offered to sixth graders at the school my son will start attending in a few weeks. Many of us at middle school orientation were happy to see that Chinese would be offered to our kids. In fact, from the look of the group, it appeared as though we would have to fight each other to get our kids into the class.
Until they described the class. The kids would be "introduced" to Chinese language and culture. They would read stories about China. They would practice a few characters. They would memorize some greetings. They would even get to go on a field trip to local Chinese restaurant to witness the culture firsthand.
In a room full of Chinese parents jaws dropped. A few memorized greetings and a trip to a Chinese restaurant? WTF? (I think that stands for "What's That in French?")
We'd been afraid that competition for the Chinese class would look like Walmart on Black Friday. We were no longer afraid.
I suspect our school district will end up concluding from this that the demand for Chinese language isn't as strong as they had thought.
Friday, June 15, 2012
in which Glen encounters the 6th grade
As Amy P says, suitable for framing: