There are 15 students who have been in the same class for six years in Duksan Elementary School.
Unlike any other school kids, they cannot sit still during the class.
Yun-jae, the new teacher, imagined them sitting properly in the classroom,
has no idea how to spend a year with these children.
In Jecheon Duksan Elementary School, below Woraksan Mountain, 15 students have been in the same class for six years. They don’t sit still during the class like any others. After school, they would gather at their secret place by the river. They would whisper about their teacher that he can’t even control his own emotions. The new teacher, Yun-jae, who imagined his students to be calm and well-behaved, is frustrated to see them quite different from any other students. The children are now heading toward graduation. Their seasons fly in the sky. What is the sky filled with?
When I was assigned to Jecheon Duksan Elementary School a few years ago, I regarded students’ feelings and imagination to be immature and uncomplicated. But seeing their obscure questions and their faces wearing the look of disappearing into somewhere in a deep world, I was dimly reminded of my childhood. I went back to that school after hearing that the children now entered the sixth grade. If I’m with them, would I be able to encounter the vivid and rich moments that I’ve lost in adulthood?