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.