New Job


Today I started my new job. I transferred from English conversation school to a local junior high school. Now I’m teaching teenagers. And let me tell you that my first day was terrible. Within the first hour one of the students attempted to put his thumb up my butt. To say I was shocked was an understatement. When I complained to the teacher just shrugged and smiled. No discipline, no punishment. This is insane. Back in America the student would’ve been arrested for sexual assault. I met five different Japanese English teachers today. They all had different varying degrees of English ability. Two of them had very good levels of English and could basically talk about anything. Two of them had intermediate level English. And one had very little English at all. Unfortunately my desk is next to each or that has no English ability at all. When lunchtime came around I went to go eat lunch at my desk like the rest of the teachers but Vice Principal told me that they expect me to eat with the children. That’s crazy. I feel like I’m some dancing monkey for the entertainment of the kids. None of the other teachers have to sit with the kids that they expect me to. Why? I went and tried to sit with some of the kids and no one spoke with me at all. I tried to start some conversations and again silence. But then towards the end of lunch when everyone had finish eating. It became joke and try to touch the new English teacher time. I felt like I was getting bullied all over again from when I was in junior high school. I can promise you that I’m not eating with the kids ever again I don’t care what the other teachers say. My last class finished at three and I had absolutely no work to do. So I started to collect my things around 4 o’clock to go home. That’s when one of the other teachers frantically came over to me and asked me what I was doing. I told her that I was going home as it was 4 o’clock and I had no work to do. She told me that traditionally in Japan teachers stay until 8 o’clock. I asked her what she thought I should do until 8 o’clock. She said just look busy. Again I was stunned. This new job might have been a mistake.

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