don't forget to bribe your teacherA Shenyang  resident with a child in the 9th year of one city middle school says he just received a phone call from the child’s lead teacher with an invitation to take part in her son’s wedding tomorrow. The teacher has told numerous parents, which is quite worrisome; the students will soon take the high school entrance exam, and the teacher is still acting like this.

Reporter Wang Lina went to verify the report; the students are taking the exam soon, and the teacher did in fact tell the students in class to take part in her own son’s wedding.

Parents are unhappy. The children don’t have any money, so parents have to come up with some, thought they feeling having to do so is something of an “injustice”.

Commenting on this, one sociologist says that teachers should serve as models for students and share positive energy. This “socialization” of teachers is a serious issue, and is a covert form of “extorting parents.”


Son came home and said there’s a table for students at the teacher’s son’s wedding

On the evening of November 9th, the first thing that the 9th grade son of city resident Mr. Yu said when he came home was that they parents should go the next morning to the lead teacher’s son’s wedding.

“Are you serious? How could there be a table for students?” After Mr. Yu asked his son in detail, he discovered the lead teacher had reserved three tables for students, hoping they would all attend.

Mr. Yu said that the students had attended so many years of school and so far never encountered such a situation, and that even though the teacher’s son is getting married, she shouldn’t notify the students.

Before the parents could decide whether or not to attend the wedding, Mr. Yu’s phone rang. It was the lead teacher calling. After receiving the call, Mr. Yu felt even worse, and called the parents of other students in the class.

“I asked five or six of them, who all said they received phone calls, and we all feel that having to dig up this money is a bit of an ‘injustice’.” Mr. Yu said that his child will take the high school entrance exam next year, and this is the crunch period for study, so now it seems as if the teacher is trying to collect money from them.

Yesterday, reporters went to the address of the hotel where the wedding is to be held according to Mr. Yu’s information, but didn’t find any parents or students or even the lead teacher, just the couple getting married.

“The mother of the groom is a teacher, I haven’t seen any children or parents. I don’t know anything else,” confirmed one guest. When he came by in the morning, he didn’t see the parents of the groom either.


Investigation: Some parents feel the teacher is covertly asking for money

Mr. Yu says he didn’t go to the wedding, but that his wife went without their son.

At about 11:00, reporters tried to contact Mr. Yu again, but nobody answered the phone.

Reporters interviewed ten Shenyang parents regarding Mr. Yu’s situation, most of whom felt the teacher’s actions were inappropriate, but that they would still give cash as a wedding gift for the sake of the child.

Shenyang resident Mr. Wang said this is the first time he’d heard of such a situation, but that if you ask for money from students, it’s a covert way of asking for money from parents.

Another Shenyang resident, Mrs. Li, thinks the teacher lacks morals. How could she openly reserve a table for children? It’s bad for the children’s psychological health, at such a young age knowing that parents have to ply teachers with gifts.

Interviewee Mr. Zhang said that if the student can’t transfer schools, then the parents have to give money. If all the other children’s parents give money, then it’d be bad for the child whose parents didn’t give money.

Interviewee Mrs. Liu feels that teacher shouldn’t tell this information to students since it could easily cause conflicts between parents and students. Deciding whether or not to give money causes negative influence.


Expert: The “socialization” of teachers has caused this kind of serious issue

Liu Xiaonan from the Liaoning Province Social Sciences Academy Research Institute said that serious incidents like these are caused by the “socialization” of teachers.

Liu Xiaonan feels that that the teacher inviting students and parents to her son’s wedding is covert “extortion of parents,” and parents also feel this is an injustice.

“They’re afraid they’re doing something that will be bad for their child if they don’t come up with the money, and when they do come up with the money, they’re afraid it might be less than other students are giving.” Liu Xiaonan says that teachers should server as role models for students and share positive energy. This type of “socialization” is a covert way of tasking parents, and it puts them in a very difficult position.

Liu Xiaonan says that teachers should promote positivity instead of producing negativity. This type of situation produces both a psychological and material burden for parents.


Date of publication: 11/11/2013



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garlicThey say rescue dogs will find them more easily in an earthquake

At 5:11 PM on April 22nd, many residents of the city of Shenyang felt an earthquake. According to the China Seismological Bureau website, the tremors came from a 5.3 quake in Tongliao, Inner Mongolia, and was felt strongly in Liaoning and Jilin provinces. How to find safety in a quake has become a topic of much attention among many in the area. Every time a quake occurs, some “safety experts” will pop up from among the people, and although their methods are not necessarily effective, from an objective perspective, they give the nervous and powerless feeling people a little comic relief.


Enter the three garlic nibbling girls at Shenyang Normal University

Over here is an earthquake safety expert, over there is a preparedness specialist. Around 8 PM last night, three female students at a Shenyang Normal University dorm devoured  two small plates full of single clove garlic, so spicy that it caused them to cry. Once finished, they refrained from brushing their teeth, intentionally leaving the “garlic breath”, so that if they were buried in an earthquake, the rescue dogs would smell them right away. Another girl was even “smarter”. She didn’t eat garlic, saying, “I’d definitely be buried along with them, so if they smell them, they’d be able to find me.” The Shenyang Evening News went to find out whether these girls are really preparing for disaster or just trying to attract attention.


Act 1: Afraid of aftershocks, they need to smell funny

Around 7 PM, Ms. Xu, a third year student in the finance department had just finished studying and was returning to the dorm for the evening when she was whisked away by several of her close friends. “Three of my very close friends told me that there were predictions of evening aftershocks on the web and that it was a dangerous situation, so we decided to think up a solution.” Ms. Xu thought, were there really to be an earthquake and there was nothing they could do about it, then it’d just be a matter of luck who survived. But one of the three girls, Ms. Li, said that police rescue dogs were the only method used to save people buried in rubble, and that if they wanted to be found, they’d have to give themselves a “funny smell”.


Act 2: Eating two plates of garlic while crying

Ms. Li’s home is in the city of Dalian, and she happened to have brought back two small plates of their specialty single-clove garlics, which Shenyang people refer to as “big heads”. Ms. Li said the garlics were very big, and if they ate a bunch of them, the rescue dogs would definitely be able to smell it. But Ms. Xu thought the idea was strange, so she let the others eat the garlic first while she sat aside and observed. “When the three of them first started eating the garlic, it was so spicy that they cried, so I went downstairs and bought some steamed bread and garlic chili sauce for them so they could put the garlics in the bread and dip it in the sauce. That’s how they were able to finish eating the two plates full. There were almost a pound of them.”


Act 3: Nobody brushes their teeth & everyone sleeps in clothes

Ms. Li asked Ms. Xu why she did’t eat the garlic. Wasn’t she worried she wouldn’t be found? But Ms. Xu had thought this out beforehand. “I think if there’s really an earthquake, I’ll definitely be buried with you, and when the dogs find you, they’ll definitely find me too. The smell in my mouth would really just be too strong if I ate the garlic.” Ms. Xu said the three girls who ate the garlic didn’t brush their teeth that night, afraid that they would have eaten it for nothing, and that many in the dorm slept in their clothes that night.


Expert: Eating garlic won’t make dogs find you more easily

The night of the 22nd was calm and peaceful. So did the girls in the dorm really eat the garlic for nothing? Would eating garlic really help rescue dogs find you in the event of an earthquake? Reporters contacted the disaster relief bureau to find out.

An expert from the bureau told reporters that there is no basis on which to believe that eating garlic is a good method. If there is actually an earthquake and people are buried in rubble, people should not make large movements, instead conserving energy and listening for instructions. If rescue workers are outside, victims should use solid objects around them to make noise such as by banging rocks together instead of calling out by voice.

Would those people with a “funny smell” really be noticed by dogs more easily? Leader of the dog rescue team Mr. Wang explained that the dogs can recognize the smells of different people, such as the difference in body smell between Asians and westerners. There is a connection between an individual’s body odor and their regular diet. The other unique body odors of each individual cannot be changed, which is also to say, eating garlic will not influence whether or not a search is successful.


Original publication date: 4/24/2013


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