Willpower

On the table sat a bowl of washed grapes, untouched, and two unopened water bottles were stationed at the bowl’s right and left flanks. A notebook and pen tied with a ribbon sat in my homeroom teacher’s bag, and my former student volunteer, who was helping to translate, sat nearby. We were on a home…

The Importance of Teaching Irrelevant Things

Every English period, I tutor the nine students from my class who have the lowest English scores. A lot of my tutor students ask me why it is important that they learn English. After all, they are Chinese. They live in China. Odds are that a majority of them will live in China, with Chinese-speaking…