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Great post from the Metropolitician

August 24th, 2006 . by Matt

The Metropolitician has a great post about the Korean Teachers’ union and the current hysteria about English teachers having sex with Korean girls.

A taster –

All I have to say is – thank God I’m not an English teacher. I’m not saying this because I think the job itself is bad. I’m just saying that Korean society – in the media, on the news, at the water cooler – seems to have a new badguy. I think I’d rather introduce myself these days as the old “bad guy” – the American GI – than say I’m “an English teacher from Canada.” Now, that’s saying a lot.

And –

3) Delink the unrelated issues of A) teachers who have illegal sexual relations with underage students, B) teachers who have inappropriate (but legal) sexual relations with adult students, and C) adult foreigners who have sexual relations with adult Koreans who are not even their students (wild Hongdae parties or stupid foreigners who go on TV and say they slept with 2,000 women are just sensationalist and ridiculous stories). If you separate A, B, and C, you’ll quickly realize that what the newspapers are talking about is mostly B and C, but are trying to make it SEEM like there is a lot of A going on, when in fact, I haven’t heard of any cases of A involving foreign teachers at all.

It is a little long but well worth it. Go and read it for yourself.

6 Responses to “Great post from the Metropolitician”

  1. comment number 1 by: dogbert

    Hands down, the best commentary on this issue I”ve seen in either English or Korean. Kudos, Michael!

  2. comment number 2 by: Errol

    A coherent post from the Metropolitician. The logic that he’s applied to this issue, as already noted by some posters on his site, is applicable to a whole range of Korean cultural logjams.

    You don’t understand Korean culture!

    Show respect!

    Seonbae knows best!

    Seonbae is wrong.
    Hubae obeys seonbae.
    Therefore hubae is wrong.

    Aristotle never made it to Korea, or David Hume for that matter.

  3. comment number 3 by: ponta

    Japan is very lucky to have a superb English teacher.
    with a superb story

  4. comment number 4 by: MarkA

    Common practice for Korean girls to flirt or offer sexual favors for high grades.

  5. comment number 5 by: KidfromOhio

    Just to look at a different angle, there was this perverted white english teacher that basically said on a blog

    1) molest korean children using such methods as ‘playing with each other’s urinating parts’

    2) also, saying that Koreans in general will not sue you because they will rather try to forget about it instead of exposing it.

    I’m not saying that these types of anti-american garbage is all right. But are you honestly thinking that Koreans just hate americans…….because they’re americans for no reason? come on now.

  6. comment number 6 by: KidfromOhio

    and when I say children, he was mentioning 3rd to 5th graders. He was talking about this into a Korean blog – ( a LOT of american teachers were furious about this – saying what a sick fxxx.)

    I need to go to sleep. dern and screw my consistant urge to write something……