JD's Kindergarten school held an Open Morning a few days ago where parents were invited to come and observe a "typical" school day. It was interesting to see the sort of things JD gets up to and, on the whole, happily reassuring. You hear horror stories about some Chinese schools - children sitting in their chairs doing nothing for hours on end, rote learning of inane political slogans, physical and verbal abuse, etc. So we were pleasantly surprised at the caring attitude of our teachers, the controlled and free play opportunities and the varied mix of activities. And all the toilet breaks!
One aspect which was all too obvious was how much special treatment JD gets. It's not a big exaggeration to say that he gets as much attention from the teachers as the rest of the class combined, due to his Western looks, cutesy manner and chatty personality. Whether this is good for him longer term we're not sure, but perhaps it will settle down in time. We did wonder what the other parents must think! Still, in a class of 33, at least he's not getting overlooked!
29/12/2015 01:07:57 pm
As you say nice but healthy?? Do you think teachers realise they are indulging in favouritism?
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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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