there are enough concerns to go ‘round,
without having to conjure up some socialist boogeyman
to carry all your fears.
i know it’s halloween and all —
but come off it already.
back in saigon again, and not feeling so great about it. my stay here in vietnam is beginning to feel more like a tour of duty, especially after a trip to the philippines to visit my family. being here allows me to save money and travel in a way that would be substantially more difficult in the US (or possibly even the Philippines). but, aside from a couple close friends, i feel a perpetual stranger here, a fact that bothers me exponentially more after being around close family for a week. i wonder, as quickly as this past year went by, whether i can muster up the strength and energy for another.
as a teacher, i had a visceral reaction to McCain’s desire that military come in, directly from service, and go into teaching jobs, sans qualifications and certifications. really?? with education in the shape that it is in, do we really need more unqualified teachers? or the attitude that the classroom should be more akin to a military camp?
in regard to education, there is plenty of blame to go around. of course, the onus is on teachers to better manage the challenges of the american classroom, but we need to take a fresh look on what is an archaic school system, and archaic curriculums. the onus also has to be on the parents and on the students themselves, because you can’t expect a measly 7 hours of school a day to overturn what a child deals with the other 17 hours. either way, throwing military servicemen into the mix isn’t going to solve the problem. this isn’t an education surge.
bought my tickets to the philippines yesterday morning. will meet my mom there, as well as the rest of her side of the family, whom i havent seen since i was 15, after living with them from the time i was 5-9 years old.
my soul is grinning like a gotdamn chesire cat.