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The homeschool classes that I teach resume today. This 2017-2018 school term may well be my last year to offer courses to groups of homeschoolers. We shall see.
This term I am scheduled to teach the following high-school courses: British Literature, Advanced Composition (both expository and creative writing), Public Speaking, History through Film, and Latin 2. I will not have a great deal of after-hours grading this 2017-2018 school term.
I haven't had such a light teaching load since 1999. Two reasons for this light load: (1) my health concerns, including my approaching retirement age, and (2) lower-than-usual enrollment in the classes I offer. The reasons for the lower-than-usual enrollment....
Today's trend in education, including homeschool education: most parents of Chinese heritage seek and appreciate academic rigor, but most parents of American heritage seek the easy road and mediocrity: Evidence thereof: "[Insert child's name] passed the English entry test to the local community college, so we see no need for [insert subjective case pronoun] to take your Composition or Grammar courses.
Moreover, before registering for my History through Film course, parents whined, "[Insert child's name] won't have to do much writing, will [insert subjective case pronoun]? We don't want [insert child's name] to do much writing during [insert possessive case pronoun] senior year."
I note that not a single Asian registered for this easy-social-studies-credit course.
To improve my income stream, I also give piano lessons and conduct private-tutoring sessions. My piano students include young children (elementary level) and one senior adult (intermediate-advanced. My private-tutoring students includes high school students (English, Latin, and American History 12) and one third grader (Language Arts). All but one of my private-tutoring students are Chinese-Americans.