Posted by Igor Popstefanija on March 24, 2009
I’m at the peace corps computer, so I’m not able to upload any images with this post. I also don’t have anything else to show you. I do however have some interesting news from my school.
Every year (english: grade) is split up into serval classrooms, depending on their optional classes. The year 12 computer option is in room D1. However, only 18 of the 40 or so students are taking computers (some of the others are taking geography or art). This has been a recurring problem, because a large portion of the classroom remains unsupervised during times of the day.
Having only 5 working computers, I will sometimes split my students into groups, so I can have as close to a 1:1 student to computer ratio as possible. Yesterday was one such day, and I left the other computer students with the students who don’t have class in the classroom unsupervised. Big mistake. I came back toward the end of period, and one of the other teachers was in the room. It seems that some of the boys had brought a portable DVD player to school that day and they were watching “blue movies.” This is what Samoans call pornography. So now all of the kids are in trouble, except the 7 that were with me in the computer lab.
Disipline has been an issue for me while in school, and it seems like a common issue for us peace corps. Although corporal punishment is illegal in Samoa, it is still widely practiced. Let me be clear, I have no intention of hitting any of students, but I feel as if they don’t take me seriously because I don’t. Sometimes the students will hit each other, and my mantra has been “no hitting” (kinda like, “no touching” on arrested development) which the students will now say to each other in my presence. Anyway, I guess its something that I will have to learn to deal with, if anyone has any suggestions, please post comments below. I promise there will be pictures next time!