Last night when I was being driven home from my church, our car got stuck in the middle of a traffic jam caused by five cars driving the wrong way through an intersection. Everybody was honking and making wild gestures. At one point a man got out of his car to yell at the driver in front of him, which only slowed everyone down because no one behind him could move. Everybody was honking, swerving, and yelling all at the same time. The stop light nearby changed to red and back to green again, totally irrelevant to what was actually happening on the street.
This morning I taught my English class for young adults. Since it was the last class of the week, I thought it would be fun to play a game. I introduced a guessing game where one person would think of a food and the other students would ask a yes/no question to figure out what the food was. My students’ desks were arranged in a circle, so I told them to ask the questions one by one in a circle. It worked fine for the first round, but once all of the students understood the game, they stopped waiting their turns. I would ask one student for a yes/no question, and three people across the room would be shouting out,
“Is it eggs?!”
“It’s a fruit? A vegetable!”
The game quickly became chaos because before one student could answer the questions, someone else would have already shouted out the answer. I stopped the game after a few rounds because it was just too much of everyone talking all at once to continue to manage. I tried to slow them down and get them to go one by one, but even when I achieved calm moments, they didn’t last. I felt like the stop light that no one was following. Which makes me wonder; if we changed the way teachers and Moroccan schools manage their classes, would Moroccans be better drivers?