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Addiction, Addiction, Addictions…(Part III)

I had no way of knowing how profoundly impacted my Kazakh students would be by two simple video clips on addictions.  In turn, I was bewildered and troubled at how on-line gaming and MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing game) have taken over.  I HAD NO IDEA it was this huge a problem!!! I have nothing more to add after watching the link that this student provided about the dangers of Warcraft and MMORPG, etc.

Student #5 – “You know that being a teacher means performing different roles at a time. A teacher doesn’t only teach a students, but she inspires, motivates, re-educates and rehabilitates. Being a teacher is a constant struggle, where majority of the things depend upon a teacher. A teacher should always be ready to solve every problem. There are lots and lots of them. Addiction is one of them. I am getting more and more about my profession with the help of PDP classes. It is especially important for young teachers, whom lots of difficulties await in future. PDP ( Professional Development Program) helps them to be ready to these problems and find a solution in advance.

February 21 is one of my usual PDP classes day. The significance of this day is two videos we watched today. Both of them relate to the problem of addiction. The first video clip shows a man, who easily get addicted to the machine. It is not a simple machine, it is a machine that brings you to the world of ecstasy. Once you use this machine, your brain is captured. Each time you use it, you get more and more addicted. Your will is ruled by the machine.

The plot of the clip is as follows: a man, angry and desperate, throws a case out of the window. A passer-by (another man) runs into it, opens, closes, and takes with him. An angry man runs out of the house, trying to find what he has thrown away. He doesn’t find it and his story ends here, which in turn is the beginning of another story. A passer-by takes it home and tries it for the first time. He is horrified. Later this feeling vanishes and he enters the world of pleasure and ecstasy. The case, that he picked up in the street, is a powerful machine. The more he uses the machine, the more he gets addicted to it. As soon as he puts on the devices, he finds himself among dancing and tempting girls. Everything is about dirty, pretty things. One day he wants to get more out of it (usual thing with addicted people), instead he is wounded by the girl of his obsession. He is wounded not emotionally, not mentally ( and emotionally, and mentally), but physically as well. The trace of woman nails caused real bleeding on his face. Angry and desperate, he throws the case out of the window. A passer-by ( the third man) runs into it…

What is strange is that what you brings you pleasure works only virtually, but hurts in reality. How many lives did addiction ruined? How many lives does it ruin? And how many will?

Another short video clip that is also about addiction is called “Addiction”. To tell the truth, I didn’t get the message until I read ” Addiction” in the end. It shows a man, who goes up by an elevator. He is on the third floor. He goes up again. He is on the third floor. Surprised, he goes up again and again it is the same floor. How much he tries, he appears on the third floor. In a horror, he seeks other ways out, he runs to every voice he hears, but there is nobody. Throwing down his arms, he sits on the elevator, and keeps going up and down, up and down . . until he sees a light. If you have already understood, it is the same thing that happens to addicted people. Reaching the highest point of their addiction, they still want more and more. But there is no more. So what brought them ecstasy at first, brings them misery till the end of his life OR until that light shows them a better solution of their problem.

You see, addiction is an actual problem of the society. Our ears got used to addiction to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Addiction to computer games still seems to be ridiculous. However, it is also a big issue with difficult solutions. Children spend more time in the internet than any other places. Nowadays, nearly all the children in Kazakhstan are addicted to “Warcraft Game”. They meet together after the classes, but not for playing a football, going to swimming pools, but playing Warcraft in internet cafe. I want you watch the following documentary film on Warcraft addiction.

So such kind of things are massively addictive and have much harm for future generation. And we , as teachers, should do everything to prevent it from widening. Being a teacher means to be a mother, an adviser, and an instructor at a time. So, let’s be more attentive to our children, students, and followers!

(to be continued)

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Addiction, Addiction, Addictions… (Part II)

Today I am featuring three more former students’ writings about addictions they see in Kazakhstan.  These are troubling times for Kazakh educators who have to work with children who have little direction from home because their parents are busy working to make money and the computer is available for those who DO have money.  Keep in mind that these problems are showing up in the urban settings of Kazakhstan, the rural areas have their own problems. Addiction to alcohol and high unemployment among the men in the countryside of Kazakhstan would contribute to many social ills.  See what these teachers wrote:

Student #2 – “Yesterday we watched two short films about addiction. The first one was about a man who was addicted, and also he had a machine. With the help of it, he was teleported in many places like where women danced around him. Second film was about a man who went upstairs and downstairs. This short movie was not easy to understand. I think that many young people are addicted to computer games, mobile phones and different things. For example, I have a student who changes a mobile phone every month. Once I asked him why he changed his cell phones, and he said me that he didn’t like “Iphone” and he bought Nokia E6. In my opinion, everyone has an addition to new things such as cosmetics, computers, cell phones, and also jewelery.”

Student #2 – “I always wonder about one thing: if you teach people, young or old, good things, habits, it is always hard to learn or memorize or follow; but learn bad things or habits very easily and will never forget. Why? A simple paradox! I’m afraid I would never understand this. The same thing with addiction. Why don’t people get addicted to, for example, reading books or making donations to orphanages or houses for old people. It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? You will never hear a man saying: “Ahh, I need to give some money to an orphanage, I feel so terrible! I can’t bear it!” or “I feel so sick and awful! I haven’t read a page of a book today, I need a book!” Never!

But you can easily see people “living” before a computer screen, I mean playing computer games, eating before a screen, even sleeping before a screen. You can always see husbands or bachelors, or even some women constantly visiting houses of gambling games putting on stake everything they have. And they will never realize the harm of their actions until they face total bankruptcy, but then it would be too late to change something.”

Student #3 – “Addiction is a very complicated issue. The number of people got addicted to computer games, pornography, drugs and alcohol is increasing among the teens and the students of schools or colleges. Even though the teachers, parents, even the government are working hard on this problem, we can’t see any positive results. This is a global issue. And a single teacher or a single institution can’t solve this problem alone. People from all over the world have to unite against this problem. The government of each country has to take the customs under a great control, otherwise things like drugs will never stop “traveling” from one country to another.

Our parents and grandparents were so happy when they heard our President ordering to close all the houses of gambling games throughout the country. To tell the truth, after that message all such kind of houses disappeared from our city, Aktobe; and I guess they disappeared from other cities as well. But people who run such houses won’t stop before anything, because they make huge amount of money on this business. And I believe that there are lots of illegal playing centers.

I think, in some cases it is the parents’ fault when their children can’t live without computer games or alcohol. Maybe they don’t pay much attention to the children or do not control appropriately. They just get tired of the work and such kinds of marital things. That’s why it is the teacher’s duty to help these parents, and cooperate with them.”

(to be continued)

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Addiction, Addiction, Addictions…

What I had my former students respond to several months ago on Moodle were two short movie clips about addictions.  They were very powerful and moving.  One student concluded that addictions were the result of the breakdown of the family which leads the younger generation astray.  Where do students learn morals and ethics if not at home?  Are they learning how to be good Kazakh citizens at school?  These Kazakh children have a LOT to learn with being required to know three languages. Hopefully they will learn something about morals and good behavior from the plethora of Kazakh proverbs that can be a helpful and guiding force handed down from their grandparents. Here’s what one Kazakh teacher wrote:

“Recently we watched two short movie clips, very alike to each other: The Machine and Addiction. The second was less dramatic. Both of them are very topical nowadays.

The Machine was really tense and I realized that it was a soft comparison to the pornography watchers and online gamers of today. And these people are our young generation. They are addicted to their computer games and visiting pornography sites. And it is quite normal among youngsters. Moreover they share with each other and involve other people in that stuff. I know many teenagers who suffer from computer addiction, Mail Agent chat and just surfing the net for entertainments. As the result these pupils are left behind in their studies, lazy people and unmotivated adults in future.

The next short video is devoted to Addiction. It is not so tense, but for me it is like inside world of drug taker. His life has no sense, just repeating circle all the time. He stands in the morning and the only thing he searches is drugs and the ways to find them. It’s really difficult to help such people. Alcohol addiction can be added in this list.

All in all, I’d like to admit that all these problems come from the family. The children are not paid enough attention and bullied a lot. Psychological problems of the child cause difficulties in understanding the world around him thus making him search the atmosphere of oblivion at least for some time. And that’s really bad thing…”

(to be continued)

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