Hey all! This here entry is just a little reminder to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes for a bit. I really thought that my kids were just being assholes. Well, a few of them were. Anyway turns out there is a really good reason for their bullshit; stress. Enjoy and remember, the next time someone is acting an ass, and you’re about ready to slap them silly, keep in mind it could just be stress. If not, and they are being an ass, just slap em! Have a good week.
F. M. Laster
“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West
Korean Kids Are F’ing Stressed
News flash, the kiddies I teach are smoking! Not smoking hot, that’s creepy! No, these little bastards are smoking cigarettes! Coaches, the sexy one, caught a couple of boys smoking behind the shed here at school this morning and let’s just say that the coach punished them. Damn, I miss the days of the paddle back when I was in school. I’m sure some of the kids caught would have appreciated it as well. I’m still trying to figure out how these damn kids got their hands on cigarettes since they are a hell of a lot harder to get that booze.
I am not saying that I condone the kids smoking. After all, if I did what kind of educator I am? Also, there are a million reasons why people smoke and stress is not necessarily one of the factors, but it got me wondering about the life of my students. On a typical day, my students go from a public school to a private school every day, Monday through Friday. This usually means that the majority of my kids get up around 5 or 6 in the morning. Then they finish some homework they needed to do. They then have a quick breakfast and get dressed for school. Again depending on where they live, they may have a 30-minute to 1-hour commute to get to school.
Then they are usually on campus around 7:30 in the morning and their day is just getting started. Many of the students have some form of morning duties to do in the classroom and around the school before learning begins. Then these kids are stuck in the same classroom all day except for lunch from 8 to 4 pm. The after school, there are afternoon duties some of these kids have to do, and it’s usually a quick little snack before heading off to school 2, private school or academies for more instruction.
These kiddies usually arrive at these academies around 5 and depending on what kind of torture program their parents have signed them up from they are usually there from 5 until 10 or 11 at night. Yep, you read that right! From there, the kiddies make their way home, for some sort of ramen dinner, snacks, and of course, they have to do all the homework for both of their schools. Then sometime around 12 or 1 am they pass out and head off to bed. Then they need to get up in about 4 to 5 hours and complete the process again.
Korean society has put so much damn pressure on these kids to study and succeed; that’s no wonder that they are stressed. It gets worse when they are in high school; the pressure is doubled because they have to pass that damn national college entrance test. This test is like the SAT but on speed. Parents spend big money to get tutoring sessions for their little ones to pass. Then you also need to factor in Korean students face a lot of bullying and violence in their little lives. Also, this bullying shit is not talked about. I mean everyone knows it is happening, but no one does anything about it.
Then there’s the puberty issue; they are changing at a rapid rate. With everything that is happening in my kiddies young lives, it’s a wonder I can get them to listen and repeat in my class. Due to the stress level, my class is not one they care about and why should they? I’m not Korean; I’m not giving out a grade, why the hell should they pay attention or even listen to me in class. This is what it’s like to teach in Korea; not that glorified bullshit the TITS site sells you on. You have students who are overstressed, bullied and have very little interest in you or whatever it is you’re selling. These kids are drowning, and very few people are looking to help them and pull them to safety.