This week I asked my student’s to write answers to two questions:
1) What did you do on the school trip? (3 day excursion in which all three grades went to various locations in Korea)
2) What are your plans for summer vacation? What will you do?
The funniest/ most interesting answers so far.
Question 1: What did you do on the school trip?
-I rode a banana bort (several students wrote this)
-I had a sneck party.
-I ate snake (SNAKE!?!? No teacher, Snack! Snack!)
-I went to the simming pool (they played Sims all day in the pool)
-I went highking
-I rode a motherboat
-I ate photato chips. (Photogenic Potato chips?)
Question 2: What are your plans for summer vacation? What will you do?
-I will drink milk a lot.
-I will read 100 books at the library (love this girl’s ambition! she is a mini version of myself)
-My mother will lay a baby (I died. Absolutely died!)
-I will go to the ocean which is a swimming pool.
Many students (mostly skinny girls) wrote this
-I will exercise
-I will diet.
One boy wrote:
-I will lose weight and celebrate myself
One girl wrote :
-I will diet. I will have perfect body.
This makes me feel a little sad because already she is really thin. On her paper and on all the other kids I wrote: Why? You are so skinny !
Koreans face a huge pressure to maintain a certain weight and have a certain image. But when I hear these girls say “I need to diet” I think they have a disproportion sense of self. They are tiny. They don’t need to diet.