It was lovely to share dinner with my old friend Nita the other day. She seems much happier and more confident these days after something of a rude awakening on joining a rural Senior Middle School last year. Some of her horror stories of the goings on in countryside schools leave me shaking my head in disbelief - new/modern teaching methods being publically criticised by school leaders, teachers turning a blind eye to cheating, young teachers being given the least able classes and then criticised when their class's exam results are below average, etc. How not to run a school! Nita is getting more realistic and worldly-wise though, knowing when to toe the line and when to do what she knows is the right thing.
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