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It’s Term Test Time

So last week the kids were taking their term test to see who will advance to the next level. This is always a stressful time for the kids. They have a lot of pressure on them to level up by their parents and from themselves. But this semester they had the added pressure of having their mid-term at school on the same day.

For the past week and a half, these kids have been really stressed out and it has shown in their faces. I have really felt for these kids for the past week or so. They study for hours on end every day, usually 7 days a week. And it all boils down to a test here and there.

In part of their term test, the students have to write an essay. For one of my levels this semester they had to write about what they will do during the summer. What their goals are and so on and so forth? Now they only get about a month and a half off for summer vacation instead of the 3 months we got as kids. And let me tell you, they have completely different goals than we did as kids.

All I could think about during summer vacation was playing baseball, watching movies, lots of TV, and maybe a trip to Florida or somewhere. I didn’t do any studying. This is nothing like what they do here.

Here they are more concerned with how many books they will read or what subject they will improve in. With half the time off that we got, they want to actually improve themselves in some way. The talk about studying, reading, and continuing to go to academies. They usually do mention playing for an hour or so a day, but that’s all. They want to play soccer, baseball, and computer games but they don’t get a lot of time to do that.

It’s an eye opening experience to listen or read what these kids will go through in the month and a half during the summer when they don’t go to school. I know for one, they will come to our academy for a longer time than they normally do which only adds to their studying during their summer vacation. Sometimes kids need to be kids, and it seems like the only time they get to do that is next week on Children’s Day. But seriously, only one day a year?

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About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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