Sunday, July 17, 2011

Education News

This is probably the last Ed News Wrap-up until after the new semester begins, not because Ed News doesn't happen, but because I'm lazy and don't pay much attention to it during the inter-term hiatus.

Nothing earth-shattering of late, but interesting:

1) No. of women in higher education doubles, says the KT headline, but this is absolutely,unwquivocally NOT what it means to sat, at all. The article means to say that the number of women with a higher education has doubled:
The number of women in Seoul with higher education has almost doubled in the last 10 years, according to a survey Sunday. [...]
The research by Seoul City showed that the number of women aged 30 or over who received college education or higher jumped by 95.4 percent to 1.1 million in 2010 from 575,000 in 2000.
During the same period, that of men rose by 45.1 percent.
Girls are also matriculating high schools and continuing on to university at a better clip than boys--last year, 66% of high school girls went on to college, compared to 59.8% of boys.

Women are also defering marriage and motherhood, shadowing US trends of the seventies, with an increase of 37% of women in the 25-34 age cohort remaining unmarried compared to 2000.

2) From the JoongAng Daily, and perhaps of more interest to our waygookin readers, "At hagwon, demand for U.S. teachers rises". The story states early on: "Because Western norms have been embedded within these instructors’ gestures, speech and behavior, these teachers provide education in English while also exposing students to Western culture." This is particularly important for families planning to send their children to the States for English immersion.

You see, the teachers themselves, in this meme, are irrelevant, what's important is their embedded features, as though they are educational Terminator units with their mission hard-wired: Never mind John Connor, demonstrate American cultural minutiae to our children, please.

[One tutor at a popular hagwon in an upscale district] believes that an American teacher offers a certain trust to parents and students, which has increased their employment in Korea:
“There are lots of factors, but I think the overarching reason is that it is similar for most students,” he said. “[The] number one reason people go to these academies is to learn. And I think the biggest thing is [that they come with a] certain trust and feeling that they are going to get the best education from these native speakers rather than someone who can speak English but is not familiar with the culture. A lingering doubt evolves from that type of teacher.”
Meanwhile, although the national SAT will be adding an English speaking component in a year or two (such dates being eminently mutable), SMOE is dismantling the very high school conversation program with NSETs that represents the public schools' best chance at competing. Go fingure.

Yes, that includes my job. But, the way I understand it, I can keep my HS job as long as my school decides to offer it. Anyway, assuming a positive medical exam tomorrow, my job is secure for at least another year. Besides, who knows what may happen in 2012!


Chris said...

Hello, sorry there for an off-topic question: I'm spending a lot of time in Seoul through work and wondering if there's anywhere to play pick-up soccer? I'm itching to play! Thanks! Chris

Tuttle said...

Hi Chris, soccer is not off-topic on tis blog! I don't think that pick-up is common for soccer--at least, not as much as basketball--but I have observed it going on in the park areas next to the various stadiums, including Sangam and Mok-dong (which is a baseball stadium). You might try Yeouido Park as well.

Chris said...

I know next to nothing about this topic, but that won't keep me from commenting! Not exactly pick-up, but I am aware that there are informal "leagues" of teams which play regularly. I have a Korean friend who plays on such a team every Sunday since I met him, probably pushing 10 years now. I don't believe it is a company team, or any kind of seriously organized league. But more than pick-up, since I've heard it can be a family outing, including picnics. Now, how someone can JOIN one of these teams, is beyond me. It might be more awkward if "Chris" is a foreigner as his name would suggest.

I'll try to remember to ask my friend next time for details.