There were the Lovers
I wrote this post yesterday about why Korea isn’t the place for serious teachers. It went big, with more than 12,000 views in less than 24 hours. A lot of people really seemed to be in support of it and mentioned that it reflected their own experience almost completely. Or, that I put words to vague feelings that they had.
This was my favourite comment:
I don’t know how to agree with this more. So. Much. Truth.
There were the Others
And of course, there were the others. I didn’t really expect so much negative stuff because isn’t what I said common knowledge amongst English teachers in Korea? Maybe I’m hanging around with the
right wrong people or something… Anyway, people said things like:
You should learn Korean.
Your grammar is terrible. Are you really a teacher?
Why don’t you just go home?
If you were a serious teacher yourself, you wouldn’t feel like this.
You didn’t actually make Korea your home.
These are the best of the worst
I tried to find the arguments that were well thought out and focused on my actual points instead of things that aren’t important like whether or not I speak Korean, or making the assumption that I must be a terrible teacher. But, I couldn’t find any. It was pretty disappointing.
Instead, I just found this less than useful stuff that I listed above. Someone even started making rude memes about me. Thanks, Ben May for the publicity, I guess?
Does anyone want to write a response to my original post, going point by point and explaining why what I said isn’t true? I’ll even post it up here with a link back to your site. I’m honestly asking. I would welcome a more constructive dialogue about this stuff than what has been going around on Facebook.