Excerpt from Chapter 4. The Foreign Chinese Nationalist.
One day I was in a teacher's office trying to explain to him the necessity of not only having a separate class in which to hold lessons, but the necessity to allow only those students who wanted to learn English to attend class. I commenced by telling him that he had to realize that most students were not at all interested in learning English. Remembering that this was only my first year in China and that I had not yet come to understand or appreciate Chinese customs, the ensuing conversation frustrated the hell out of me, and I found myself getting angrier by the minute. Every time I made a statement, he would offer some excuse and try to make me understand that any failure in the teaching process was my fault not the students fault. This of course was complete rubbish.
To illustrate, let me tell you of one teacher who teaches two classes, and is considered by his headmaster to be a bad teacher. One of his classes is full of bright, eager, studious, courteous, and well disciplined high achieving students. His other class was full of lazy, disrespectful students, who not only ignored him but refused to do their homework. Because their results were poor, this teacher was branded a 'bad teacher'. The question begs asking: 'How can two classes taught by the same bad teacher achieve such extreme examination results. The answer lies of course in the students.
So here was this teacher communicating with me from a Chinese cultural perspective, and there was I trying to be logical. Each excuse was countered until finally, after almost an hour, he turned to me and said: 'But you must realize that most of the students are not really interested in learning English!' Given that that had been my original justification for the necessity to have limited attendance in a separate classroom, and that that had been rebutted, I simply exploded! I confess to using every 4 and more lettered foul and abusive word in my vocabulary. Teachers gathered by the door, and as I walked out I saw many more hanging over the internal stairwell trying to figure out what was going on.
I stormed home and immediately set about packing my things. I was an emotional wreck, and was shaking like a leaf. Add to this that I was a newcomer to a Communist country, and you can imagine that I am not exaggerating when I say that I half expected to be arrested and thrown in prison. The next few days were torture as I waited and waited for someone to summon me to either arrest me or at least explain my behavior. Instead, on the following Monday we were informed that we had been assigned our own classrooms and that we could choose which students would attend and which would not.
The room provided me had not been used in a long time and it took a month to scrub the floor clean and make it a fit place in which to hold lessons. The first day, on which I started the cleaning process, I firstly swept away all the major junk from the floor, then considering how much real dirt, dust and grime there was on it, I decided to flood the floor with water and just push it all out onto the balcony and let it all drain away.
Being new to China meant that I did not fully appreciate the less than perfect finishing touches that are put on newly constructed buildings, and mid way through pushing all this water out the door, a dozen teachers led by the principal came running into the classroom and began assisting me to get rid of all the muddy water. It seems that a sizeable amount of water was steadily leaking down through cracks in the floor into the computer room below. No further comment!
...........So how did I get to be a flag waving card carrying Chinese Nationalist? That's easy. I learned from the good students of Hong Yizhong and the wonderful people of Hong Hu.
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2013 Social Commentary Articles
Giving the Finger to Comrade GOOGLE's brand of Communism
By Comrade R.P. BenDedek
August 26, 2013
I have come to the decision that the only thing I can do is take a page out of Comrade Google's 'Little Red Book' and say: 'Screw You!' Comrade Google didn't like the way the Communist Government of China kept changing the rules. Comrade Google would not submit to a 'totalitarian authority'. Comrade Google decided to pull up stakes and leave. Is there a lesson to be learned in that?
Pathological Blindness of Political Correctness
Aug 23, 2013
Here are excerpts from three different articles which all portray symptoms of PC induced pathological blindness. The forces pushing Islam (not to be confused with Muslims practicing Islam) have only one goal which has been stated over and over again by many people in many places at many different times: "To turn the world to Islam" (and destroy the Big Satan - The USA - in the process.)
Get rid of your Baggage People
Aug 21, 2013
Einstein is purported to have said: 'Insanity is when you do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result'. The 'pastors' I mentioned above, were real people; people who did their best to get me to believe and do as they did. In each of those cases 'prior to being caught out in their sins', each of those pastors spoke ill of me, slandered me and did their best to control and manipulate people I knew. They did me a lot of injury and caused me a lot of grief.
R.P.BenDedek (pseudonym) is the Author of 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' (http://www.kingscalendar.com ), and is a guest columnist and stand-in Editor at Magic City Morning Star News. He is also the Editor of the 'Writers Journal' at Kingscalendar.com. An Australian, he has been teaching Conversational English in China since 2003.
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"The King's Calendar" is a chronological study of the historical books of the Bible (Kings and Chronicles), Josephus, Seder Olam Rabbah, and the (Essene) Damascus Document of The Dead Sea Scrolls