Bad behaviours of teachers, problematic students’ morality, and the “achievement disease” remain the big existing problems in the education sector. Teacher Trieu Ngoc Diem On May 13, Trieu Ngoc Diem, a primary school teacher in Soc Trang province, stuck adhesive tape on the mouth of a student. The teacher thought that the punishment would help the student become more concentrating in the class. However, the behavior then raised strong protests from people, who believed that this was an anti-education behavior, which should not have been made by a teacher. On November 4, in Thua Thien-Hue province, 20 students of the Hoa Chau High School were heavily punished for the lack of seriousness in the flag saluting hour. Vo Thi Thien Tam, the teacher of the students, told the students to lie on the table and then beat four of the students themselves with broomsticks, and asked the class’ monitor to beat the other 16. A principal in Bac Lieu province on June 26 lost his … [Read more...] about The bad stories in the education sector in 2011
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Modern technology has a lot going for it but parents must keep an eye on how long their kids use it and what they use it for. Yelling, crying and refusing to eat are common responses when they take away their children’s iPads or smartphones, many parents say. Some even exhibit abnormal behavior when separated from their digital device for a few days. A new challenge for parents in these “@ times” is how to help their children enjoy what digital technology has to offer without them becoming too dependent on it or even addicted. While experts in developed countries recommend parents limit their kids contact with digital devices, nearly 80 per cent of Vietnamese children are allowed to use smartphones and tablets every day, including 20 per cent of kids aged two and 60 per cent of kids aged from three to six. The figures come from a recent survey on the use of digital devices among Vietnamese children conducted by the Research Center of Culture, Education and Social … [Read more...] about Too much of a bad thing
The move comes at a time when the backlash against Chinese tour guides and tourists is growing in Vietnam. The central coastal city of Da Nang will publish 5,000 copies of a booklet written in Chinese with a list of rules on how to behave and distribute them in public spaces. Tran Chi Cuong, deputy head of the city’s Department of Tourism, said that they have distributed the booklet in both Vietnamese and English since 2015, and now they are preparing to publish a Chinese version. The booklet is accompanied by vivid illustrations, explaining all the dos and don’ts for tourists visiting the city's tourism staples. According to the booklet, visitors should respect local culture, dress appropriately at places of worship like temples and pagodas, line up to buy entrance tickets and prioritize the elderly, the disabled, women and children. They are advised not to commit acts of vandalism, drop litter, be noisy or get drunk and lose control in public spaces. Cuong said that … [Read more...] about Da Nang publishes booklet asking Chinese tourists to behave
Editor’s Note: Stivi Cooke is an Australian expat based in Hoi An Ancient Town in central Vietnam. He is working as an English language and hospitality teacher in the town. We all read about the Vietnamese teacher who slapped the kids and they fought him back. However, did you hear about the teacher who forced her elementary students to eat chilies as a punishment? Eating chilies? Whacking kids in the face? What is going on? This is not teachers thinking about students, but about themselves and extracting revenge. These teachers forgot the first rule of teaching – teaching to the present ability of the students. Come on, teachers! If the kids were disruptive, what were you doing wrong? Maybe you were the ones who needed to chill out! (Pun intended). Kids will be kids so what did the teachers expect? Robots? Quiet classes? Ewww… Too creepy! It took me back to my school days and memories of dealing with my own students. My four year olds in a Korean … [Read more...] about Oh! Behave, Vietnamese students and teachers!
From faking marriage certificates to get honeymoon discounts in the Maldives to letting children defecate on the floor of a Taiwan airport, Chinese tourists have recently found themselves at the center of controversy and anger. Thanks to microblogging sites in China, accounts of tourists behaving badly spread like wildfire across the country, provoking disgust, ire and soul-searching. While in the past such reports might have been dismissed as attacks on the good nature of Chinese travelers, people in the world's second-largest economy are starting to ask why their countrymen and women are so badly behaved. "Objectively speaking, our tourists have relatively low-civilized characters," said Liu Simin, researcher with the Tourism Research Centre of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. "Overseas travel is a new luxury, Chinese who can afford it compare with each other and want to show off," Liu said. "Many Chinese tourists are just going abroad, and are often inexperienced and … [Read more...] about Chinese wonder why their tourists behave so badly