bismarck wrote:kelake wrote:Perhaps Taiwan doesn’t have a monopoly on these problems.
Bingo. Just don't Say that too loud here!
Hmm .. dunno. Other countries have problems, but they're different problems. Case in point: you may have heard on the news last week about a school (supposedly a "good" school) which lined up its female students and forced them to disrobe so that the teachers could "check that they were wearing white bras". If that had happened in Europe, the teachers concerned would count themselves lucky if they were just fired in disgrace. A couple of months doing porridge would be a more likely outcome. In Taiwan ... well, there's a bit of tutting, and then everything's back to normal (unless anyone has heard differently?).
The thing about that particular incident is that it was obviously a carefully-calibrated assault designed to reinforce blind compliance to authority. Nobody gives a rat's ass about underwear colour, but the education system was designed back in the bad old days when school was where you learned to obey, not think, and old habits die hard. I'm all for teaching kids to sit down and STFU when teacher is speaking, but there's still a significant component of obedience training in Taiwan's system which causes serious problems in later life. I know - it's a broad generalisation (as petrichor, there is a lot of variation). But if you talk to your Taiwanese friends about this, I don't think it's an unreasonable one.