My student who is from the small town of Rongxian asked me to come teach an English lesson to students from her old high school. We taught outside in the town square. I was prepared to teach them a basic song and do an easy activity that I had done with the elementary school students in Zigong, but I really miscalculated the education inequality here in China. These guys were way behind the much younger students from Zigong and though they had been sitting through English classes for years, all we got from them was “hello, how are you?” Luckily, we were able to turn the lesson into a mindless rote memorization activity which everyone was able to do very successfully.

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