It’s so interesting to see it from the eyes of a Westerner. The lives of your students mirror my mine and I can tell you that if it wasn’t for studying abroad, I would have definitely become a very timid adult. Even as I was starting uni in England, it was so difficult to open myself as I have been so used to the memorisation and coloring along the lines. It took me some time to adjust.
The education system in Asia is definitely faulty and something needs to be done.
Thank you for sharing and best of luck for your next adventure, Mr Phil! 😁