Having a wifey who is currently lecturing at a private University, I have been exposed to all the stress and headaches faced by teachers, students and their parents today. It is not easy to elaborate as there is no right and wrongs here. It is the whole intention that counts. However, times have changed and most kids have often been wrongly pampered by their parents but the blames were often pointed to the teachers instead of the mighty parents themselves.
Listen, listen, listen, listen, listen, listen....Let me speak about my old school days. I had a very hard time and probably worst nightmares too. Some of my teachers were female skunks and one male was Freddy Kruger's cousin.
In Standard One, we had a female skunk teacher, Mrs Lee who taught me. On my first reading test, I got a BIG SLAP on my face when I could not read out certain words. She could have given me a ZERO and failed me instead of her 5 Dollar palm print on my cheek. The evidence sent my horrified mother screaming to the principal's office before bringing the case to State Education Department until it reached the Ministry of Education!
We suspected that Mrs Lee was retarded as she also punished my classmates by forcibly stripping off their dark blue shorts and threw them out of the first floor's window!!!! HORRORS! Many of these victims have become prominent people today! I swear that this is ALL TRUE and my friends wore no underwears at that time!!! Muahahahaha!
In Standard 5, we had Mrs Khaw who had this spinster look wearing tight Cheongsams with her sharp rimmed spectacles. She was damn fierce and taught us the perfect Queen's English. So many editors at The Star graduated from her classrooms too. Everyday we had to copy all her Grammars written on at least 6 Blackboards and to memorize them all 100%. Who ever failed to mumble out all the tenses correctly would have to stand on their desks. Mrs Khaw would whip out the huge wooden black board's ruler and hit the student's legs until RED with flames. I never got any beatings as I had to memorize them in fear and had many sleepless nights. Until today I can memorize all the correct Grammars without knowing what tenses they belong to! How silly and stupid of me.
In Standard 6, we had Freddy Kruger's cousin Mr Loh who wore a Karate's Black belt and taught us Mandarin subject. He was so barbaric and would punish any noisy students by squeezing their mouths open before SPITTING THE THICKEST PHLEGM down into their throats!!! Bluek!
I think you all have the happiest schooling memories! Good for you!