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Making comparisons is always a risky undertaking. The old adage not to compare apples with oranges makes a lot of sense. It is hard to argue against that advice. Apples and oranges may both be fruits, but that's about all they have in common.
For me, it was a case of good news and bad news at the same time.
Several weeks have zoomed by since a magazine article about a former student's working holiday in Australia stirred the waters in Taiwan. A variety of aspects about these “holidays” (and not only in Australia) have concerned many of us for a long time.
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Over the past few days, I asked myself a few questions about students and teachers. The questions arose naturally enough, given the fact that Sept. 28, the mythical birthday of Confucius, and known in our part of the world as Teacher's Day, was so soon to arrive.
While following the recent news about paparazzi invading the privacy of Prince William and his wife Princess Catherine by publishing revealing photographs snapped at a private chateau, I couldn't help but think of privacy issues in general. Perhaps
For most in my generation, there was no such thing as “a gap year” between graduation from college and the start of a new life with new responsibilities. Upon graduating, we were expected to go to graduate school or, the sooner the better, “go out and find a job.”
For a couple years, my department chair has been pushing composition instructors to occasionally exchange exams or homework assignments, and to offer sample grades on the work of one another's students.
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Former premier Liu Chao-shiuan stirred a wee bit of controversy last week when he compared students at National Taiwan University (NTU) with the coconut trees that line so many of the picturesque pathways on that beautiful campus.
Media throughout the country rightly gave major attention this week to the disturbing report on a local self-styled coach and teacher named Hu, who confessed to having sexually abused as many as 12 boys in recent years.
Well, that surely didn't take long. The top headline on a local Chinese daily really did jump off the page one day last week. Big characters, dark and heavy, like clouds before a massive thunderstorm.
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