Kids Today!

On Saturday, I gave my students at Chinese school a writing assignment. They were asked to imagine that ten years have passed and they’ve become hugely successful in their chosen field. They’re so successful, in fact, that they’ve been invited back to Chinese school to speak to the new students about the secrets of their success.

After a couple of silly questions (“But, Miss Meg, I wouldn’t accept the speaking engagement! I’d be too busy in Hollywood!”), they settled down to writing their papers. The secret subtext was to get the kids thinking about their futures and their goals, and the blatant assignment was to use formal vocab and proper grammar.

My students wrote about becoming reality TV stars and Pokemon masters. And two of my twelve students, the world-famous dentist and the millionaire poker player, mentioned promoting themselves on Facebook as a key to their success.

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