Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Thursday, December 30, 2010


All over the waegosphere, people are talking about the new English teaching robots.

Even one of my favorite distraction sites had a write up about it.

What do I think?  Thanks for asking!

The general consensus around the waegosphere is that the robots are meant to replace native English teachers in the classrooms due to xenophobic attitudes by a large section of Korean society, mainly fueled by distaste towards non Korean males running around with Korean females.

To a certain extent, I'd have to agree.  There are a bunch of people out there who would do anything to stop marriages like mine from happening.  What they don't get is that my wife still wouldn't have married any of those losers if I hadn't come along.

Like most weird things in Asia, the Japanese did it first
These robots won't solve any of the problems native English teachers are supposed to deal with.

NETs are here to give the kids a chance to interact with non Koreans, to hear different accents, to get correct pronunciation and appropriate situational usage of English.  Tell me how an English teaching robot with an operator working from the Phillipines is going to help solve any of that?

All these robots do is make Korean educators look bad. 

Yes, we are afraid of NETs.  Yes, we have no clear plan for them in the classroom.  Yes, in a country renowned for starcraft addiction, people letting babies die due to playing video games, and people commiting murders and just well, dying from spending too much time in front of a computer, we think its a great idea to let the kids think that having a robot teacher to replace real life interaction is an a-ok fabulous idea!

I can't wait until they all start breaking down.

Obviously, the powers that be didn't really think this one through.


Anonymous said...

These attempts at replacing foreigners (along with other solutions to "problems" in Korea) often remind me of the Wile E. Coyote cartoons. Bless their little hearts, the locals are sometimes Coyote-esque when it comes to problem solving. You can't help but feel bad for Wile E. Coyote every time one of his hair-brained schemes blows up in his face.

The Todd said...

Movie idea - along the lines of Maximum Overdrive. English teaching robots malfunction and go on a rampage. Scary shit. I shit you not.

nick said...

That's not a robot! It's Michael Jackson!

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