I: OK, I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general topics.
You talked about the powerful effect your teacher had on the students and yet she was never motivated by money.
So does it mean that teachers do not need a high wage to perform?
C: I see what you are saying, but I think that you know teachers are not all like her.
I mean if we expect them to be all like that then we would never be able to fill any positions.
I: Do you think that a teacher that is motivated by money can still be a good teacher?
C: Yes, I think that a teacher that teachers are human and I think if they want money or not then they still can be good or bad.
The salary is irrelevant as far as I think.
I: I’m not quite sure what you mean.
Can you give me an example?
C: Well I mean, let’s say you have a teacher who is motivated with money or one who is not.
In the classroom the teacher who is motivated by money knows he or she must do their job well to justify the good salary.
On the other hand, the one who doesn’t care about money just teaches to receive feedback in terms of progress.
So either way they want to do a good job.
I: Do you think the education you received was of good quality?
C: I think to be fair it was quite good.
My school operated under a very tight-stringing budget.
And I think that the teachers did their best to make their money to stretch to the full.
And although may be the curriculum was traditional we still learned to do the basics very well and also learned to be a good character person.
Also, the teachers were trying their best to teach many students in class and I know it is not so easy.
It can be stressful but I really respect the teachers who are all putting in lots of effort making the class a fruitful ones.
I: How would you change the education system if you could?
C: Well, let me think…I think first we need to have very high standards for teachers and maybe their pay is to be raised.
I: But is it really necessary?
I mean, why don’t we put the money into things like facilities and textbooks.
C: I see your point, but I don’t think this will happen because it still can’t be as high as many other professions.
Besides this, I think we can have a very good training to be given to the teachers and if the program is good
it can easily to be weed-over those not so good qualified.
I: One more question if I may.
I’d like to ask you a question based on how you described your former teacher.
You said she was very strict but kind.
Are these the kind of qualities that you like your friends to have as well?
C: Truthfully, no.
I mean you don’t want your friend to be stern like that, cause then how can you get to laugh?
I mean a teacher has a different relationship with students.
I: In what ways?
C: Well a teacher must have some distance but at the same time have closeness?
I don’t know how to describe it but it is certainly not the same as a friendship.
I: Thank you very much Xiao Ying.
That’s the end of the interview.
C: Thanks very much.