On morning broadcast,
- Talk about your insomniac weekend and hold up a paddle board with the word “CRAZY” every time you mention the word crazy, which you do, a lot.
- Play the following Steve Martin comedy sketch, explaining how Koreans aren’t the only ones having difficulty:
- Explain that everyone in America is not rich like on t.v., that the majority of Americans are middle class and there are many poor.
- Explain how America values hard work and labor, and that there is no shame in dirty, dangerous, or difficult work and that actually, farmers and factory workers are iconic heroes in that America was built on their labors. Show images of proud farmers and factory workers.
- Tell the story of the Korean teacher who, given the choice between a new teacher or an auto mechanic who makes $20,000 USD more than the teacher, wouldn’t allow his daughter to marry the auto mechanic. Explain how an American girl marries for love and how Americans would not look down on an auto mechanic. Point out that these are good examples of how radically different our cultures are.
- Explain how the world thinks Americans are obsessed with money, but that in an American classroom it would be unusual for a student to talk about being a CEO of a company and instead they would talk about what they like to do, whereas in Korea it isREALLY common for kids to say they want to be a CEO of a company.
The message is: it’s okay if your dad’s a farmer and it’s okay if you don’t become a CEO of a company, and it’s okay if your husband isn’t part of the elite class. Just do your best and be happy.
At lunch, the principal had me sit down next to him and said, in his broken English. “We want you stay at our school long time.”