Words can be weapons

Working as a foreign teacher in China, I am very often told by colleagues that I am very patient, lenient and perhaps even too kind with my students. I have been told to be more strict, enforce more discipline and exert more control, and while I am sure there are harmless ways to do so, what I have seen from both Chinese teachers, and parents, sometimes, frightens me, and it is one of the top reasons why, when I have children of my own, I do not want them to study in China at all. Abuse can take many...

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