I spent all day on the examining board for state-accredited foreign-language secretaries and translators. The written exams are difficult, especially for translators, but the oral exams are just pure agony. I really feel like I'm torturing these people, and can never sleep the night before. They're so nervous that they can't think straight. One translator gave an excellent explanation of "checks and balances" and described the whole appointment process for cabinet members, correctly mentioning that they can't be members of Congress while acting as secretaries, but then couldn't say how the German cabinet differed (ministers are taken from the governing parliamentary coalition), although she's German and even studied law here! Sometimes the kids actually cry. It's horrible, and I'm completely drained. The good news is that all of the candidates passed today, although two of them only managed to by the skin of their teeth! I've been trying to get out of doing this for years, but the Department of Education refuses to let me off the hook. If it's this bad for me, just think how horrible it is for the people being tested!
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3/25/04 at 12:14pm