Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

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

Monday, April 4, 2011


For near a year and a half, June's been working part time at a kindergarten in the mornings.

It's a sweet gig that pays far above what a job of that sort usually pays.

A couple of months ago, a new principal came in.  The old one decided she had had enough of chasing after other people's rugrats and retired.

The new principal instituted a bunch of ridiculous changes to a program that ran smoothly.  For one, since all the classes occur in fairly large rooms, she doubled up so that two classes run in a single room.  The teachers are now working more hours, the kindergarten is taking on more kids, and the classroom environment is mayhem.

One of the powerful moms called June up to ask what was going on.  June, not being one to shy away from saying what she thinks, laid out what was going on.  This caused a shitstorm of epic proportions.

And of course June is in the middle of it.

The new principal has taken to filming ALL of June's classes and is nitpicking on every little thing.  When a class goes well, the principal says it's because the students are good and kind.  If something goes even remotely off, it's because June is a terrible teacher.

June said she wants to quit.  I'm like go for it.  Put your time and energy into your own business.  Cut that stress out of your life.  If they want to fuck with a system that works and alienate their good teachers, they'll pay in the end when kids start dropping out.

I've seen this more than a few times at institutes in the Wonj: ruining something good just to grab money.  When a school becomes popular, owners will try to milk it for that short term gain, then sell it off as a successful business.  Let the buyer sort out the problems.  There is one Korean guy in the Wonj who has done that three times already.

So June's been off the last while.  I try to help how I can, but this is something that she needs to sort out on her own.  I'll do what she needs: help out more, show support, send hired goons over to have a 'talk' with the principal.

It's too bad though, that was a good school.


Anonymous said...

'Unfortunately' Koreans are pretty useless at fattening up the proverbial golden goose and actually end up having to sell it off as quickly as possible because they fuck everything up through greed. First numbers drop, then the teachers and drivers don't get paid anymore so as to cover the shortfall from the drop in student numbers. Your wife should quit while she's still getting paid. Korea has no shortage of kindergartens.

F5Waeg said...

but there is a shortage of kindies that will pay the kind of salary she is getting at that one. I've visited, it is a really nice place, and is pretty flush.

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