German Teachers vs. American Teachers
September 1, 2011 § 2 Comments
What a difference — or so my kids Arnold and Pauline say. They both came home after the second day of school and said they think the German teachers are really mean and basically suck. Both hated their gym teachers. We never got a supply list, so they showed up for gym without their gym clothes. In Portland this is not a problem, they say, because they are given a week to get their stuff together.
Not here. My son told me his teacher gave him a 6 (that’s the lowest grade equivalent to an F-) for the day because he didn’t have his gym clothes — even though he did all the activities. My daughter’s teacher said to her: “You should have brought your clothes. Didn’t you see that you had gym on your schedule? I’ll speak with you later”
Of course both kids came home super angry and complaining, which doesn’t help because they complain about everything all the time anyway. In general they think the German teachers are mean and arrogant. Pauline said: “They just think they’re gods.”
I never went to school in Germany, so I have no point of reference for this. But I did go to the school the next day to get an understanding of what is going on and interestingly enough the high school principal’s secretary knew exactly what I was talking about — and an American teacher who was in her office just kept nodding. The secretary apologized for the gym teachers and she put me in touch with Pauline’s teacher and I hashed things out with her. But both the secretary and the US teacher agreed that German teachers have a very different approach than US ones.
This was confirmed yesterday when Pauline came home and said her German teacher made her rewrite an entire page because she had incorrectly written the letter s.
“He said it was too small. He made another girl rewrite the page because she had written it on incorrect paper.”
Hmmm….This is proving to be a very interesting year. Arnold is already complaining about how Germans get ticked off by the slightest little thing. “It just has to be so and if it’s not their way” it’s a big catastrophe.
He also finds all these various rules ridiculous to the point of being amusing. More on that later.