The subject of history doesn't seem to interest many of our students. Last night, what I thought was a whiz-bang interesting topic turned out to be like having to perform a tooth extraction. Two students in the class said flat-out, they weren't interested at all in the subject. I asked the students to tell me what they thought was the most memorable historical event of their life times -- one told me the founding of the PRC in 1949 was -- only problem she wasn't alive then.
The only thing I could think of to explain the disinterest was the fact that China's recent history, till about 20 years ago, has been very, very, bad. Perhaps, they want to forget it.
I am bringing out my gloves, scarf, and toque (Canadian for knit-cap). It is that cold now.
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