The Most Depressing Thing
Posted by Cris on June 8, 2007
You may be thinking- “Duh! The most depressing thing about Ethiopia must be the beggars/triple amputees/HIV orphans… etc etc etc.” Well, you’d be wrong. Currently, and I dont know what this suggests about me, the most depressing thing in Ethiopia are my students’ test scores. I gave two tests on Wednesday, in my Basic Beginner and Advanced 1 classes. Now, the majority were good. They did well, made me proud, and produced fridge-worthy tests. Some though… not so much. The lowest score I had was 7/100. This wasnt by someone who looked at their test, did some easy ones, and then left to get a cheeseburger. No, the poor woman sweated and scribbled for two hours over the thing. In my other class the lowest was 35%. I go through the test, give examples for each section, and even do the first question of each section with the whole class. People STILL got these ones wrong! I told them the answers!
Other than this, life is good. The resident crazy guy in our neighborhood, who used to just scream at me from across the street, has recently started saying hello to me instead. I must have passed some sort of test, or perhaps my weeks of only replying, “Hello, Good morning, how are you, etc” have sunk in and Ive been deemed a non-threat.
The orphanages are gaining and losing kids, with one new 1 month old girl at one and some recent or very imminent departures to America from the other. We are trying to prepare for the rainy season, two months with little time to play outside. Earplugs, anyone?