Extraordinary Genius - Chapter 657
Chapter 657 – Teachers’ Day, Teachers’ Day Suffering
From 1985, China Government states that every year’sSeptember 10th will be Teachers’ Day. This date was fixed until evenbefore Feng Yu returned to this life.
The purpose of Teachers’ Day was to appreciate the teachers’contribution to society. During the turmoil times, teachers were criticized forbeing “Stinking Old Ninth” and were considered to be the bad influences. Duringthat time, many teachers were beaten up by their students and humiliated byforcing them to live in the cowshed and hanging a spittoon on their neck.
Although the turmoil times were over, and the governmentadvocates the people to respect teachers, but there were still teachers that werebeaten up students and parents. This caused many teachers to protest.
This was why the government implemented Teachers’ Day, andthe date was discussed several times.
In the end, it was set on September 10th. Thisdate was chosen because the new school semester had just started.
The Chinese government also implemented a few policies toshow its support for the teachers. For instance, the welfare and benefits forteachers were better, a reward system, changes to their appraisal system,better housing, medical, etc. Many resources were allocated to the educationsector.
Even before Feng Yu returned to the present life, theteachers were still enjoying these benefits and welfare.
All these implemented for the teachers in the first place,but as time passes, many things changed.
As the status of teachers became higher, many parents feltthat studying was the only way for their children to be successful. If theirchildren were educated, they would not need to work in the farms or be low wageworkers. They can even be officials or leaders and work in offices.
To let their children be well taken care of, these parentswill try their best to please the teachers. In this era, there were no “teachingby their aptitude” or “Quality education.” The only thing that matters was the results.
Furthermore, the policies for the previous years wereUniversity graduates will be recruited into the government service and will be aleader once they graduated!
This was why respecting the teachers slowly became pleasingthe teachers. Parents will try all means to satisfy their children’s teachers.Everyone wants the teachers to give special attention to their children.
For example, if the students do not understand a question orsubject, they can approach the teachers after school. The teachers will alsotake note of the students to make sure the student will not skip school or bebullied.
In the era, most families were dual income. Both parentswere working and had no time to look after their children. Even their childrenwere bullied in school, they also do not have time to go to school look for thebullies.
Then what should the parents do? They can only rely on theteachers to look after their children. But in a classroom full of students, whyshould the teacher just look after your child?
Giving a gift to the teacher!
There was a saying in China that there’s no harm giving moregifts. Furthermore, in the olden days, it was a must to provide teachers a giftor set up a banquet for them. They were only following old traditions.
So, the teachers did not only get special treatment from thegovernment, but they were also taken care of by the parents of their students.This period was the time when students can still receive physical punishmentsin school. This lasted until a few years later when the State Councilreprimanded the Minister of Education during a dinner. From then onwards, therewas a regulation that teachers were not allowed to punish the studentsphysically. But some teachers still do that behind closed doors.
After the year 2000, people’s lives got better, and manypeople realized that even without high education, they can still make money.This was the time when the parents no longer tell the teachers: “Please takecare of our child. If he misbehaves, you can beat them up.”
It was changed to: “Please take care of our child. If hemisbehaves, let me know. I will scold him. Please ensure that he is not bulliedin school, and this is a token of our appreciation. Please accept it.”
There were even some people who spoiled their children. Mostof them were grandparents of the child. If the teacher lay a finger on thechild, the grandparents will go all out for that teacher!
At first, the most common gift for teachers were some pensor cards. There were not worth a lot of money, and it was only a token. Butlater, people start to give the teachers eggs, meat, food tickets, etc.
As time passes, the gifts became more and more expensive.Bicycles and even home appliances were given to the teachers in return forspecial treatments to their child.
Many teachers became accustomed to receiving expensivegifts. They no longer want to receive pens or cards. They only look forward to expensivegifts.
There were still many upright teachers around, and even ifthey did not receive any gifts, they would also do their best to educate theirstudents. But when many people treated teaching as a job, the teachers’ qualitydropped. Teachers’ Day also became a day for teachers to compete to see whoreceived the most gifts.
Someone once said. Teachers might not remember who gave themgifts. But they will remember which student’s parents did not give them gifts!To make sure the teachers remember the student, the gift must be valuable.
In the current era, not only the teachers feel this practiceis normal. Even the parents think it is normal to give the teachers a gift. Noone thinks that teachers should not be receiving gifts.
But what gifts should be given? This was a headache foreveryone. You want to give the teacher a bicycle? But the teacher already ownsone. What’s the use of having one more bike? You want to give an expensivegift, but you can’t afford it. You also can’t get anything cheap. Alcohol andcigarettes? What if it was a female teacher and she doesn’t drink?
Giving money was the most direct solution, but there werestill problems. Money was not as obvious as other items. 1,000 RMB was only ten100 RMB notes. You can’t even feel it if it was in an envelope.
But if you buy a 1,000 RMB item, it will surely be obvious.Furthermore, most parents could not afford a 1,000 RMB gift. At most, they wereonly willing to use their one-month salary as a gift. It was only a few hundredRMB.
It would not look nice if the parents were to give a fewnotes directly to the teachers. Many teachers also do not dare to accept moneydirectly from their parents. The parents were also worried that other parentsmight give the teachers more than them.
So, to many parents, Teachers’ Day was also suffering forthem.
Almost everyone does not know what gifts should they prepareand how much should they spend.
But now, shopping cards will solve this problem!
Giving the teacher a shopping card was the same as preparingthe Red Packet for weddings. People can discuss the amount to be given. It wasnot like giving an item. No one would give the same thing as others.
The teachers can use the shopping cards to buy whatever theylike. It was not like cash when the teachers were embarrassed to receive itopenly. But for a small card, the parents can just stuff it into the teachers’pocket or their hands discreetly.
This was the current practice in China, and it will not bechanged for the next few years.
The new school semester was about to start. Many studentswere looking forward to it. So were many teachers…….
Translator’snotes: Corruption were incorporated into their education systems. Since young,they were exposed to such practices. No wonder corruption was rampant in China.I hope this had changed. Lol.
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