More on the Desks

When I contacted Foreign Affairs about the desks and the tradition I got this response:

It is wrong to write on the desks, and it has nothing to do with any tradition.
I’ve forwarded your two emails to Ms. Wu, and she has talked about it with the related administrator. About the photos you sent me in previous email, we were told that these desks were sorted out from old classrooms, the writings were there before the classroom was painted. But they’re going to erase them from the desks.

You are completely right. It is every teacher’s responsibility to stop this bad habit and educate the students involved. All students should be told to keep their classrooms clean and tidy. Thank you for helping us supervise and correct this behavior.

I don’t doubt my friend’s explanation about Mr. Xun’s writing, I just think China’s moved past this and that most people realize that it’s nice to have a clean, well kept work environment.

If you want to doodle, get some paper.

Defaced Already?

This was done on Monday. We were in a different room. Looks like a girl did it.

This was done on Monday. We were in a different room. Looks like a girl did it.

I think one of my students did this

I think one of my students did this


It was less than a day before I found desks with writing on them. Jeez! No appreciation for the new environment.

I asked the boy in the top desk to take a picture of the top of the desk and email it to me. When I saw more desks with ink on them, I asked the same boy to take photos and email them since the boy at the second desk spoke poor English and I think is the culprit. That boy never sent the photos, though I emailed him twice asking for them. I suppose he’s covering for the culprits.

It’s such a shame. I did go to the rooms, snapped the photos and emailed them to the office.

We’ve got to come up with some measures to prevent the rooms from deteriorating. Did they prefer the grunge?

What should we do? I’m open to suggestions.