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Mother Shaves Numbers Into Quadruplets Heads So People Can Tell Them Apart

September 7, 2012

The problem of identifying these Chinese quadruplets is very real. The solution is very cruel:

According to Chinese news website NOW News, Tan Chaoyun from Shenzhen, China, has shaved numbers into the heads of her 6-year-old sons to help teachers differentiate them.

Tan said that when she had registered her kids for elementary school, the boys’ future teachers had worriedly informed her that they would likely have difficulty telling them apart.

So in an attempt to avert potential mayhem, Tan decided that the boys — who are reportedly identical save for differences in the shape of their eyelids — needed to be adorned with a more distinguishing trait that would set them apart from each other.

 “My sons are identical, even to me,” said Tan, according to MSN. “I could only tell the difference between them by having different ankle tags on them before they turned 18 months old.”

“Even now, their father can’t tell which one is which. Sometimes, he punishes the second one for something the third one has done.”

Ever heard of name tags?


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Big Tobacco Funding Primary Schools

September 23, 2011

In today’s age, knowing what we know about the risks of smoking, how is it possible that tobacco companies have access to schools?  As important as it is to take into account cultural differences, China has no excuse in allowing tobacco companies to make their pitch to impressionable young children.  The cost of a quality education is not worth it if it comes with lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema.

MORE than 100 primary schools in China are sponsored by tobacco companies in a move described by anti-smoking campaigners as hunting for the next generation of smokers.

The schools often have the names of Chinese cigarette brands, such as Zhongnanhai or Liqun, over their gates and in some cases have promotional slogans in the playground.

”Talent comes from hard work – Tobacco helps you become talented,” says one slogan, in foot-high gilt letters, on the front of the Sichuan Tobacco Hope Primary School.

Tobacco helps you become talented?  No China, tobacco helps you die well and truly before your time!
Unfortunately, the message is successfully getting through to China’s underage demographic:
There are 16 million smokers under the age of 15 in China, 6.3 per cent of the youth population, according to the Chinese government.

For a country that is reknown for its strict regulations, it is mistifying that there is no regulations prohibiting tobacco from parading their brands in schools.

Is it Really a Crisis when so Few Teachers are Male?

December 8, 2010

Two recent articles written in the last month discuss the scarcity of male teachers at Elementary school level.  On the 15th of November an article appearing in the Vancouver Sun, called the shortfall a “crisis.”

Where are the models for young boys? A new Canadian study reveals that only one out of 20 elementary school teachers are male — and the main reason men avoid these young grades is they don’t want to be accused of being pedophiles.

Just today, The Global Times, discussed the same issue – this time in Beijing.

Elementary schools in Beijing are hoping to recruit more male teachers, as there are not many men teaching these grades, and some primary schools do not have any male teachers on their staff …

Same problem as Canada, but a different reason is given:

One survey shows that university graduates who are qualified teachers are more interested in working in secondary schools, which is one reason for the imbalance. Another reason is that male teachers apparently often change jobs.

As a male 4th Grade teacher, I know from experience how outnumbered we are in Australia as well.  I was one of very few males at University and our school currently has only one other male teacher (a part-time sport teacher).  In fact, since it’s just the two of us, there is no male staff toilets at our school.  Instead, we have to use the disabled toilets!  To make matters worse, our Principal invites the school accountant and bus driver to take part in the staff photo to make it look like there is more male staff members.

I never wanted to teach secondary school because I wanted to spend a large block of time with the one group instead of having multiple classes.  I feel it’s more effective in helping make a difference.  Similarly, I enjoy being able to teach a host of different subjects, rather than just one or two subject areas.

Whilst I wish I could say I’m not concerned about being accused of  … (I can’t even finish the sentence it’s so repulsive), I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t.  Our school features tactile female teachers who regularly hug, kiss and have students on their laps.  As kids don’t see any difference with me, they naturally, at first, try to hug me too.  But I don’t let them of course.  I explain that I don’t do hugs.  They don’t understand.  I don’t really know how to explain.

I’ve never wanted to be seen a male teacher.  Just a teacher that happens to be male.  I’ve always thought that boys don’t need ‘male’ teachers, they need ‘good’ teachers.  But just recently, I’ve noticed how much easier I cope with the troubled male students than most of the female teachers.  Maybe it’s true.  Maybe we really do desperately need more male teachers.

But is it a crisis?  Perhaps it’s for the best that there are so few male teachers.  The men I speak to about my profession show absolutely no interest in teaching.  In fact, they would probably rather undergo root canal than teach a class.  If males tend not to show an interest in teaching, could it not be a good thing that they have chosen a different path in life?

What do you think?  If you are a male elementary teacher, why did you choose to be one?

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