Unfortunately, a number of local educators might well have emitted a collective sigh of boredom in response to news last week of a cheating scandal in the academic world. Some of us can be forgiven, I'm afraid, for being just a little jaded by now.
If I do say so myself, writers of weekly newspaper columns do not have an easy time of it.1 Comment
I wanted to run the other way these recent days every time my mind bumped against Orlando and the massacre there.
Reports have been flying through the air like fast-moving clouds about the future of student exchange programs between universities in Taiwan and their counterparts (loosely speaking) in the People's Republic of China (PRC).
A funny thing happened to me on the way to today's column, "funny" in the sense of "odd" or "coincidental."
"Tsai is 'extreme' because she is single: China."
Graduates at high schools and universities all over Taiwan are dealing these days with traditional "xie shih yen" questions. As much as I enjoy these celebrations, I believe we are long overdue in our need to change some of their aspects.
I do not know whether others with this same avocation might agree with me. I can tell you, however, that without a strong sense of emotion, I cannot offer words that are worth reading.1 Comment
On Mother's Day this year, all of us, regardless of our stations in life, are likely to have our mothers powerfully in our minds.
I occasionally lob a ball of sorts here in the direction of local English teachers, hoping that here or there a couple of them (perspicacious colleagues as they are) may grab onto something I say, and bring it to their students for discussion, or contemplation, or both.