More interesting insights from Liz Hulley

While waiting for my pupils in the orphanage the other day, I amused myself by looking at the bulletin board set up in that particular group.

Along with birthdays, awards, and other announcements, there was a list of rules displayed prominently in one of the sections.

I found the phrasing of the rules intriguing, as well as the juxtaposition of moral standards with rules meant to preserve order. Of course, the orphanage is a place for academic pursuits as well as a home, so it’s natural that classroom rules and rules relating to family life would be combined.

First, a sample of American classroom rules for comparison (found in a forum here):

1. Raise your hand.

2. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

3. Walk.

4. Treat people the way that you would like to be treated.

5. Follow directions.

The rules posted in the orphanage: (loosely translated)

1) Respect yourself and others.

2) Listen to your elders, for they will not lead you astray.

3) Help the younger ones, who look to your example.

4) Wash your hands before meals.

5) Do not walk around indoors without changing your shoes or while wearing your outdoor coat.

6) Strive to keep everything tidy.

7) Don’t linger at school, so as not to worry the adults who are responsible for you.

8) Be polite towards others.

9) For safety’s sake, do not run in the hallways.

10) Don’t wander aimlessly during homework time.

11) Read books during your free time; it will benefit you in life.

12) When leaving the grounds of the orphanage, don’t forget to write a notice.