Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Ev'rybody's gonna need a ventilator (Rolling Stones)
The students didn't arrive for school in any great numbers on the Thursday before Eid so the school sent them home early. We are not expecting students at school tomorrow or Thursday. Usually the government extends Eid to include these two days but, unlike every other Emirate and Arab country around us, this year it hasn't.
The minister has said that Abu Dhabi needs to be more serious about education and not take extended holidays.
Upshot is though that the families and students will take the two days anyway.
My school was very relaxed about all this. Very philosophical. No problem.
As last Thursday was unfolding it was great to see this. I suspect in New Zealand there would have been large scale angst and hand wringing about the boys losing class time and there being no structure for the boys who did come to school. With only about 30 students arriving some composite classes were run for a couple of hours but then the place was empty by about 10am.
There was no panic, no sense of events spiraling us out of control. It was all very calm and orderly.
It was most impressive.
We could learn a lot from how this was all dealt with.