More stories from my kid's school in China
By melinchina on Oct 05, 2007
Audrey's teacher at her school here in Beijing has apparently told all the kids they need to take their backpacks off the rollers and carry them on their backs.
"You're kidding me!" I said to my husband. Her backpack weighs a ton. "You've got to call her teacher and protest," I told him.
"The teacher has been saying this for weeks," my husband replied.
With this classic example of indirect communication, what he means is that we should quietly resist and see if we can get away with it.
I think many Chinese have this sense for which rules must be followed (only one kid) and which ones can be ignored (stop signs). We'll see which category the Backpack Mandate falls under....