We spent most of today at a mushroom farm owned by a friend of ours. She has bought a disused school in the countryside and set up shelves of fungi in the old classrooms and in purpose-built sheds outside. It felt rather odd for me to be walking around an educational establishment which didn't hum to the sound of students and teachers,
The school's old playing fields have been reworked into vegetable patches and areas for a couple of cows and some chickens. JD enjoyed digging for potatoes, picking runner beans and dragging out squash. He was fascinated by a grasshopper and faced off against the grumpy bull. It's only an hour or so drive from our house, and we were given a very warm welcome, so we are thinking of visiting again quite soon, for the fresh air, fresh food and to give JD a chance to get his hands dirty.
11/6/2016 04:37:47 am
You've got to admire the enterprise, I hope it works out.
Paul (the one)
11/6/2016 11:12:55 am
You are spot on in general, though this particular school closure was the result of a change in Gvt policy - combining a number of small rural agricultural schools into one huge agricultural college. I agree that the UK education system is failing a lot of students, but I wouldn't wish the Chinese system on any child. The talented cope, but most weaker students fail badly and the suicide rate amonst students is crazy-high. I know Primary school students who are required do 3+ hours of homework every day. Partly the parents' fault for allowing it, of course.
11/6/2016 11:38:06 pm
If JD doesn't come top in English, we'll all know who to blame.
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Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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