I had a weird thought today: the Taiwanese school system makes them lazy. Sounds like a contradiction in terms, but here me out. They get SO MUCH schooling, SO MUCH homework, SO MANY test and BUXIBAN on top, that they're constantly tired and jaded, and just want to do the bare minimum of whatever they're asked to do. They don't want to think too much, don't want to write too much, want the answers given to them. "Shwei bien" is good enough.
This carries over into their adult lives - driving cars, parking, making stuff, and so on. There's little appreciation of quality, or desire to produce it. This means when they're shopping, they buy the absolute cheapest. And education is just another commodity to them. It's contradictory, because although they want their kids to go to the best schools, they still want to pay the least amount to get through, instead of focusing on quality and ensuring they get through.
When we teach TOEFL or other advanced English, we run into students who don't want to learn. They don't want to do quality, and don't seem to realize that the Western system is quality based, and the TOEFL test is quality based. They just want to learn the bare minimum - the words and questions that will enable them to scrape through.
I'm thinking that Loretta's statement of "improve yourself, improve your students" and GIT's one of wanting a BMW but wanting to pay for a Skoda are very closely related. They want a BMW but are Skodas, and have Skoda mentality...
And it all starts with too much schooling.
Am I talking completely out of my arse here? I realise of course that this is not the case for ALL people ALL of the time.