Lets Dispell some myths!

Trip Start Aug 22, 2006
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Monday, October 2, 2006

After speaking to my father last night, I realised that I need to set the scene a little more with regards to the school atmosphere. It is reported frequently how badly behaved children are in the UK, and how we should take a leaf out of Japan, and South Korea's book. Well, I can quite honestly say that this is the biggest load of crap I have heard in my life. After teaching here for 5 weeks now, I can quite objectively say that there is no comparison between UK kids and Korean kids.

The children here are rude, immature, and very badly behaved! I was told that they would just sit and not say a word, and that getting any kind of participation from them would be difficult. This is not the case. It takes at least 5 minutes at the beginning of class to get them to be quiet. Once they are quiet and you are working through the text book - there is never true silence. There is a constant buzz of chatter that is always nagging you. Eventually you snap and ask the chatty kids to be quiet. The class looks at you, and is quiet. As soon as I start talking again, so do they. So, I ask them again to be quiet. Final resort is making them stand in the corner of the classroom. Eventually I run out of corners, and have to make them stand next to me at the front.

When you are telling them off for hitting someone else in class, or throwing rubber at someone (which happens frequently ) they laugh in your face. No amount of telling them off controls them. I refuse to hit them. Ultimate punishment is having to hold my hand through their entire lunch break, sometimes the class, and sometimes back to my office, down the corridor for all to see.

Controlling these children is always an uphill battle - so do not believe all you hear - the kids here are worse disciplined than in the UK and there is little I can do to prevent their behavior!
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