Not really, though they are of close age, if in different countries. Ben is a discovery Jim Belshaw made recently: Bachelor’s Day – China. His blog is Rambo’s Blogger. Do visit him. He comes from Zhejiang Province near Shanghai.
Ben is not a trainee teacher in fact, it appears. There is also a serious problem for the Chinese underlying that as well: the gender imbalance caused by the One Child policy and the traditional preference for male children.
But speaking of young teachers/teachers to be… Or young teachers that were…
My oldest ex-student is now 60 years old!
Yikes! Or OMG as they say here in The Cloud. Yes, I worked that out last night as I was thinking, for some reason, of the Class of 1967 at Cronulla High where I taught the very first HSC English (Third Level). Now most of that class turn 60 next year, I would think, if they turned 18 in 1967. But one or two were a year older…
Now how does that make me feel?
You guessed it! See the second half of this post title.