Welcome to Expacked (Issue #58)
I can’t believe the first month of 2010 has already come and gone. Let’s hope February brings in a change to the weather and Korea’s coldest ever winter will finally be just a distant memory.
January and February are always a strange time of the year for teachers in Korea. My school just came back from winter vacation this week and then they will be starting a 2 week spring vacation at the end of next week.
I would love someone to explain to me the reasoning behind this, as we only have our six graders for one of two classes before they move onto middle school at the start of March. As all of our teachers have already taught the material, I just seems to me that the whole school is just babysitting the students for these two weeks. While the students are at school, they have no motivation to actually learn anything.
I have spoken to some Korean teachers about this and found out that the Korean Government where talking about changing this 2 or 3 years ago. Everyone seems to know it is a problem and the easy solution is to bring forward the 1st semester from March to February. This would enable them to move these 2 wasted weeks back to December and actually make them productive again.
I would be interested to find out where the Government got to in changing this. Have they decided to keep the calendar the same, or have they just run into a couple of problems in “correcting” the dates of the school year? Do any of our readers know?
As usual, its virtually impossible to have a week go by without education making the Korean headlines.
Here’s the stories making the news this week:
- EPIK Press Release: Urgent Orientation Update
- Officials to Offer Rewards to Catch Corrupt Teachers
- Korea Is ‘Heaven’ for Illegal Private English Tutoring
- Press Release: Wild Women’s Performing Arts Festival
- Korea Activists Target Foreign English Teachers
- How to Maximize Your Earnings on an F2 Visa in South Korea
- Famous SAT Instructor in Seoul Kidnapped
- School Uniform Industry in the Cross Hairs
- Jokes: (1) Med Patients (2) When 2 + 2 + 2 = 7 (3) A Millie
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I hope you enjoy the read and, of course, have a good laugh at this week’s jokes.
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