Student: Sensitive tongue…
[I type it in.]
Student: [in Korean to a classmate] You know, can taste food well…
Me: Oh, i thought you meant for kissing!
Student: Oh, no, no, no, not me! I’m not like that! <turns away and hides her face>
I teach at an all girls’ Christian mission high school. My 2nd graders’ first essay topic is men (or women, if that is their sexual preference).
The co-teacher was absent in class 2-2. Here’s the list of brainstorming ideas they suggested for a men-themed essay:
type (ideal type)
body – six pack, foot size, shoulder span, waist size, horse muscle [apparently it refers to thighs], Adam’s apple, tight bum, chest hair (none preferred), leg hair (none preferred)
face – size
personality – heart, humorous, honest, kind, generous
skinship [the Konglish term for physical intimacy]
friendship (how many friends? relationship with friends)
relationship with women?
manners, chivalry [my suggestion]
height (tall?) – leg length
hair – how much?
family, brothers and sisters
his mother (mother-in-law)
my baby plan
sports – pocketball? (hopefully he doesn’t play)
good guy vs. bad guy
dating – outdoor or indoor activities
smoking and alcohol
place to live in the future
travel (family world trip)
his mother country
The co-teacher was present in class 2-3. Here’s how that lesson went:
meeting boys at church
marriage [co-teacher’s suggestion]
big feet [what is this obsession with foot size?]
body size (skinny?)
girls’ high school vs. boys’ high school [co-teacher’s suggestion]
American men vs. Korean men
eat too much? (eating habits)
rival [co-teacher’s suggestion]
Class 2-5 wanted answers out of me. So they grilled me for 10 minutes, and it turned into a most enjoyable discussion of men and philosophy. They’re winning me over, those girls. I can’t wait to read these essays.