Grendel’s Closed Door Policy – Part 4/4

06 Feb

I know how important education is to the Chinese. I’ve been to China many times.

When Chinese mothers gather, they usually don’t talk of American Idol, fashion or the latest Hollywood gossip.

Chinese mothers talk about their children and how they are doing in school and recommend the best schools.

Most Chinese parents start saving for college when the child is still in the womb. The sacrifice the average Chinese parent makes for their children’s future education is mind-boggling.

My wife is Chinese and our daughter came home and did homework without the TV on.  She earned straight “A’s” since third grade and graduated with  a 4.65 GPA due to the AP and honors classes she took.

If she had not earned those grades … her mother would figuratively break her legs.

Anyway, back to Grendel.

After that staff meeting with Grendel, he left the room followed by a cloud of tobacco smoke.

The rest of the teaching staff sat stunned.

Soon, we were on our way home to correct papers and plan the next day’s lesson.

For the rest of that school year, true to his word, Grendel stayed behind closed doors—most of the time—while the teachers struggled to provide a liberal education.

No, not what Republicans mean by liberal.

Return to Grendel’s Closed Door Policy – Part 3 or start with Part 1.


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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