While in theory the government here is supposed to fund education, there are still expenses to be borne by the parents, and few rural children can afford to attend beyond the 6th grade…. This in an admirable goal, and even more so, since Laurie is in his ’80’s!Through a miscommunication with the driver, we ended up at the top-performing school under VET-China’s jurisdiction, rather than the lowest, as Laurie had intended…. Tony’s English skills were limited, and Laurie explained that even the school’s English teacher cannot speak the language…. These are kids who rarely have clean clothes, regularly work in the fields, and have limited academic support at home, and they could blow away any American kid learning a second language.The Chinese teach by drill and memorization, so each time I said something the children would repeat it.
Now here’s the the worst 6 things about long bus rides.1.Try to you sit next to someone you don’t fight with, dosen’t smell, dosen’t make bad smells, and you can lay on. I found the last one out on the way back when I sat next to Kieran.2…. The oh so annoying old ladies and fat guy behind you that seems like all they can do is yell, snarl at you when you look back at them, and sleep for an hour or two while snoring like elephants.5. The co-driver who, of course like almost all of chinese residents, can’t o 15 minute without smoking, and does what seems like yelling and gives you 5 seconds to get your bags out of the bus.6. And finally, your little sister and brother who wake you up when you try to sleep and ask you questions and yell at you for not getting them something deeply wedged under your seat somewhere.