Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Sometimes they do get it

My wife recently wrote the author of the Chinese textbook we're using with our children, explaining briefly that we are homeschooling and requesting access to certain instructional helps on the publisher's website. Behold the author's return salutation:

Dear Young laoshi,

which means, in mixed Mandarin and English, "Dear Teacher Young".

Good! He got it.

In a way, it's surprising how often people outside of the homeschooling community really don't consider the parent educating their own children to be a teacher, not really. I don't know if it's a matter of class size, institutional identity, state credentials, or what, but it might be worth examining sometime.

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