Dear Mrs. Chinese Teacher

‘Tis the season of dear-teacher letters. (fa-lalalala-lalalala)

Last week I wrote Patch’s Art teacher (who, btw, has not responded. Ugh. Talk about communication, or the lack of it).

Earlier this week, I saw some mommies in school going around and asking parents to sign a letter. Being the curious human being that I am, I asked what it was all about. They said it was a letter addressed to the Principal, about how our Grade 1 kids were having so much difficulty with the Chinese subject.

True! I agreed with them. My kids (esp. VGood) abhor learning Chinese already, simply because the subject has to be made extra-difficult.

One of the complaints is that coverage of tests is not specified. So the kids end up studying a very wide scope. Since last week, my daughter has been studying sixty-two – 62!! – characters for the test on Friday (has it been moved to Tuesday?). By “studying”, I mean: writing (with correct strokes), sight-reading, and proper pronunciation. She’s just a kid, yet her brain is expected to work with the memory of a super computer!

The test will only be about 20 or 25 items. That means only half of the characters need to be studied. Why can’t she, the teacher, give us 31 characters for now, the rest for next week? Why?

Why? Because then that would be toooo easy for the kids, ‘no! School should be hard.


After reading the letter, I affixed my signature as well.

Wanting to be pro-active, I approached several other parents and told them about the concern. All of the parents I approached agreed: Teacher, we have a problem. But only 1 of the five parents I talked to actually signed the letter. Their reasons for not signing:

  1. Baka pag tripan yung anak ko.
  2. Okay naman grades ng anak ko eh.
  3. Nakaka-cope pa naman kami.
  4. Eh, ano, kwan… *kamot-ulo* *iiling-iling* *sweet smile*

I understand fear no. 1. This particular Chinese teacher is known to be strict, mataray, THE terrorista! It really is scary to face off with her (literally and figuratively).

But, really, I’m thinking of it now. How selfish naman of the parents who did not want to “get involved”. If something good comes out of this effort, won’t their kids benefit too? So what were they thinking? Kami Ang mga anak na lang ng mga pumirma ang mapahamak at kagalitan, kung sakali?

I respect their stand – they are entitled to it.

But what I cannot stand is the apathy.

And yet, they whine along with us.

10 thoughts on “Dear Mrs. Chinese Teacher

  1. Why do they have to make it difficult? I have seen this dilemma with some of my students. Instead of concentrating on the major subjects, they spend time studying minor subjects. Sigh…

    Parents should really be pro-active in the education of their children In the first place, they pay a lot for what? For torture and stress?


    I hope you will be able to get your message across.

  2. being a teacher myself, i can only guess what the teacher’s attitude mean by not giving you a feedback. means she is just ignoring it and wouldn’t give you the time of the day…she will continue to be how he/she is..or she is afraid of the confrontation. it’s best to talk to her about it.

  3. I think Patch’s Art Teacher should have at least acknowledged your letter.

    I admire your stand when it comes to the education of your children. It’s sad when children have to shoulder a heavy load in school.

  4. I hope that Chinese Teacher gets to learn her lesson with that petition pasted on her face!

    grabe naman. bakit kasi yung madali kelangan pahirapin pa?

  5. since i too am a parent of chinese descent and my kids go too chinese school…they say filipino chinese school isnt at par with other chinese school bec of we dont strive harder and walang tiyaga. give ur child the appreciation of chinese and not imposing them to learn. ganun kasi ako. then learning will be easy.

  6. Hi arny!
    That is what we the parents tried to point out to the teacher. The kids don’t like to study Chinese anymore kasi pinahihirapan. Sana mag focus sa appreciation of culture and language, because Chinese culture is really very rich.

    What my husband does every summer and whenever he has time – he watches old kung-fu movies with the kids, makes them listen to Jacky Chung and Teng Le Kun. He also reads with them yung mga folk tales on “filial piety” (xiao).

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