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20 July 1997
Time Flies When You're Having Fun

It's been a busy two weeks. I've been spending the mornings as a substitute teacher for an English as a Second Language class in summer school.

The students are at the high school level, and it is so much nicer teaching them than teaching American students.

  1. The students want to learn. I don't care what any idiot immigrant-basher tells you; these students know that English is the ticket to sucess.
  2. Most of them have basic knowledge that Americans lack. I could go on and on, but you get the drift.
  3. There are fewer discipline problems. When asked to do an assignment, the students never curse at me in response, nor do they give the whining response of, "But what about my self-esteem???" This doesn't mean they are eager to do what they're asked; they just don't give me a wagonload of garbage about it.

If it seems like I'm being unfairly harsh towards American students, I probably am. Having substituted for both ESL and American students, though, I am certain which group I prefer by far.

Above and beyond that, I've spent the past two weeks working on a project which I will tell you all about once it's released.

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