Category Archives: Education

Oh, Korea

As somebody who relies on my supposed knowledge of the English language to earn a paycheck every month I should support stuff like this, but I really, truly don’t: “Imposing curfew on students who receive low scores on their English … Continue reading

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Your Humble, Ink-Stained Wretch

Last year my boss suggested that me and my two foreigner co-workers put together a new addition of his English textbook, which we use with our college students. That idea sat on the back-burner for awhile, and a few months … Continue reading

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“the arts in general are for women and homosexuals”

A surprisingly hilarious SNL sketch for anybody who’s ever been a teacher, or found Dead Poets Society to be a completely pretentious garbage film. A little NSFW….

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Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

A big-time clothing company that makes school uniforms for South Korean students is under fire for promoting super-skinny / sexy attire: “Choi Mi-suk, who leads a parents’ association, said the group had outlined a joint resolution with four major school … Continue reading

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“the situation has not been completely figured out yet”

This is the most Korean / Korean-American story you will ever read: “In breathless coverage in the Korean media, the student was hailed as the ‘Genius Girl,’ who made her parents immensely proud by gaining acceptance and scholarships at two … Continue reading

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Grifters Gonna Grift

In a previous life I taught at a private high school back in America.  One day I got an e-mail asking me to make a “voluntary” contribution to the school’s endowment fund.  I knew right away I’d made a bad … Continue reading

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Classroom Grifters

Apparently, “right leaning” teachers in South Korea are pissed off that they can no longer accept bribes from parents: “The country’s largest right-leaning education organization on Thursday denounced an order issued this week by the Seoul education authority that strictly … Continue reading

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Animal House(s)

Katie McDonough on why American fraternities are awful, and why they’ll never change (hint — it’s the money, stupid): “And a mass defection of the good old boys with fond memories of their days spent crushing beers (and hey, maybe … Continue reading

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Useless

Fraternities and sororities exist so that the socially awkward, if not downright repugnant, spawn of the the upper classes can make “friends” with each other.  If, along the way, the occasional gang-rape or spontaneous racist chant ensues, so be it. … Continue reading

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This Is Not A Test

Laments as to why South Korea spends so much on English education but tends to have poor outcomes are a dime a dozen, but this one by Professor Lee Jae-min, a professor at Seoul National University, gets to the heart … Continue reading

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