Preschool Buxiban Abuse

Since all of the teachers are busy making costumes for the kids, the main abuser at my school found some interesting ways of dealing with 5 year old trouble makers.

First she started by using duct tape. Duct tape you ask? Yes, duct tape. She taped the duct tape onto their little hands and pulled it back roughly. The other strategy involved putting the take on their little mouths and pulling it back. It must hurt badly. The kids cry out in pain and the abuser relishes this.

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Burnt Bridges And Sports Day Madness

A nice blurry view of the Sunworld Dynasty Taipei (王朝大酒店). Part of the Last Minute 2008 Series.

I’m in the final days of working at buxibans for the next few months.

I’m in the final leg. It’s funny how the schools have already put me aside. I don’t really care. Of course I’ll some kids, not all of them. But like my wife said, it’s your first students that you’ll miss and those ones are in Hsinchu.

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Fever Dreams Of Corporal Punishment

I’ve been stuck with a fever for the last few days. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s something you expect when you work this closely with little kids. The worst is actually when I get home and relax. The fever really hits me at around 9PM and knocks me out. I’d like to be bedridden, but I have to work. Luckily, I won’t be tutoring tomorrow and I’ll have a weekend to get my strength up again. Hopefully by Monday things will be better.

I find it hard to sleep when I have a fever. It’s never restful. Thankfully I was able to get a lot of rest last night. Right now, I’m typing from under a duvet and starting a good sweat. I’m drinking lots of fluids and using Ibuprofen to keep the fever down.

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Tim Again

Tim was looking pretty happy today. He kept saying

I like you…

Replace the three little dots with my name. He’s a really good kid, but he sometimes spaces out and doesn’t pay attention. He’s a bit of a clown and likes to make other kids laugh, which doesn’t sit well with his Taiwanese teacher.

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Bad Love

Bad Love,
Bad Love,
Don’t give me the Bad Love!
The Bad Love chant

What is Bad Love?

Bad Love is the title of a novel by Jonathan Kellerman, a child psychologist. It’s in the Alex Delaware series of mystery novels. It was published in 1994.

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Another Abused Cindy

Cindy’s left cheek sported a blue green and yellow bruise.

I arrived in advance of my usual Wednesday afternoon class to get organized.

I started getting the kids ready for their spelling quiz when I saw Cindy’s face. First I didn’t understand what was wrong with her. When she came to the white board to write one of the spelling words I asked her what happened to her face.

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Lord Of The Flies

Cover of the original UK version of this book.

I’ve been thinking about two books this week and I thought I would share these. The first novel is Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I’ve been thinking about reading it again. It’s most appropriate considering the strange forms of abuse that I have been seeing, both on television in Kid Nation and in real life in my classrooms.

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Tim’s Story Part II

That is Tim. He is five years old.

Today I saw Tim again. It’s almost been a week since I last saw him because of Double 10 Day (雙十節) in Taiwan. They say that Double 10 Day is the birthday of their country. A few really minor countries have recognized Taiwan a country. Taiwan has not been part of the UN since 1971.

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Tales And Screams From The Broom Cupboard

She screamed so loud that I thought the teacher was torturing her.
Nick Forinterieur.

This week my Taiwanese Homeroom teacher really made me cringe. I didn’t know what to do. To tell you the truth, in some sick way I hope that she just takes it too far. At that time, the administration will have to intervene and countless kids will be helped.

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Cindy And The Usual Suspects

Cindy’s mom is bad. She punishes Cindy!
As she says this, she hits her hand hard, to show how hard her mom hits her.

Cindy, a 5 year old K2 student.

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