the nikku

reflecting on ESL/EFL and its relation to faith

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

A Cultural Misunderstanding?

This weekend, the cheerleaders had a retreat.  Cheerleading parents cooked their food.  On Monday (yesterday) more than half of them were sick.  It looks like some sort of food poisoning.

So yesterday we bleached all the surfaces in that entire part of the building.  Students were encouraged to wash their hands.  This is understandable.

Here comes the cultural misunderstanding:

This morning there was going to be a Student Council broadcast.  But because of the food poisoning, the principal had to tell the students what they should do.  Because he is on the top of the chain of command, this necessitated hurrying to the gym and standing while the principal was talking.

During the talk, the principal told students they NEED NOT wash their hands with SOAP!  Using ONLY WATER will be JUST FINE!  While I know this is a common misconception in Japan, I couldn't believe the principal was lying to the students! 

And to top it off while he was giving this lecture on "health and hygine" a senior girl fainted and fell down.  Does anyone else see the irony?

After this, students returned to their classrooms for the student council broadcast.

In my opinion, a broadcast would have been more healthy for everyone.  And it would have saved time too.  We went to the gym to listen to the principal lie about health issues that he doesn't know about anyway.  I don't know why we went to the gym in the first place.

When I told this opinion to a few teachers, only one agreed with me.


Blogger Appelgates said...

actually, as a science major, washing with water gets 70% of germs and soap gets around 20%, leaving 10% can't be taken off unless you use antibotic wash which even then can't get the spores and cysts. So technically they are correct. But i prefer to wash with soap, 70% isn't as good as 90%.

6/03/2009 8:13 PM  

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