History Repeats, or Not

I experienced a sense of déjà vu in class last week.  A sense that my fledglings are ready to fly.  The students’ demands are increasing and there are too many mouths to feed.

It has happened before but that time I had a solution.  I found a substitute teacher to take the advanced student further than I can.  Though there must be many teachers who can do this, there were none who would volunteer.  This was what had to happen first:

I pledged to help someone with her projects in exchange for her provision of a calligrapher who then turned up to take over my class.  This continued for a few terms until the demands on me became too much and I had to withdraw from the deal and the substitute teacher left.   I went back to teaching another Introductory to Chinese Calligraphy class.  When most of the students became post beginners, the problem presents itself again.

Now that I’m older and grumpier, I have decided that it is not my problem.  Those who wants to go on must leave my class and find themselves another teacher who would teach for free.  There are a number of inexpensive courses available, one locally at $120 per term (my teacher charged $560).  MOSAIC charges $18 but surely no one can expect to pay such low fees for advanced art classes.

In this way I avoid repeating history.  The cycle stops here.



About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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6 Responses to History Repeats, or Not

  1. Laurie Graves says:

    Very good solution!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. gaiainaction says:

    So good Mary, a decision well made.

    Liked by 1 person

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