I ended up with some more unexpected free time. All four of my Friday classes and the 6th grade afterschool remedial class canceled because my psycho CT's mother is stuck in rush hour traffic trying to get into heaven. I taught 13 hours of classes this week, but you best believe a nigga still get his cream.
On a serious note, I mentioned a while back that EPIK raised their hiring standards this year. I'm glad they did, though it may be too little too late. I'm not sure if they kept the standards low because they weren't filling up the spots, or because the standards are always low for educators. Most of the 7 countries EPIK accepts applicants from have lots of college graduates who are graduating into high unemployment economies, so the demand for the job should go up. But there are so many private schools and hagwons in Korea that the monopsony power might be too high for EPIK to discriminate.
Nobody wants to waste tax dollars hiring incompetent assholes. The problem is, incompetent assholes make up much of the hiring pool and hagwons will hire them (at least, all the pretty white girls) if EPIK doesn't, leaving EPIK with empty positions.
Now here's the big question. Do those positions really need to be filled? They've already decided to drastically cut the number of high school positions, intending to phase them out completely. Word on the street is Busan is getting a 10% cut in job positions this year as well. We are expendable workers, that much is evident to anyone who isn't blinded by pride and egotism.
There's no question that the majority of Guest/Foreign/Native English teachers here do help the kids learn better English, in the same sense that putting a bandaid on your knife wound is better than nothing. That's because some of the Korean English teachers here are dogshit. EPIK's philosophy is that every pile of dogshit needs a fly.
That's never the real question, in fact it's a straw man fallacy. Benefit analysis without the cost is ignorance. The question that an economics-minded motherfucker asks is, “Is the marginal benefit of the service provided by the average Native English Teacher worth the marginal cost, aka his/her salary?”
The answer to that is a resounding FUCK NO.
If this country wants to dig itself out of its credit crunch, it wouldn't hurt to fire us all. We're all foreigners, we take their money and half of it goes to other countries via amortization tourism, and remittances. Yes, English education needs a big rehaul in Korea, education in general is in dire need of it. But the way they're going about it, reinforcing their ranks of shitty Korean English teachers with shitty Native English teachers, that's just throwing good money after bad. They're paying me money to teach for two hours and sit here the other 6, blasting Nicky Romero and watching a Youtube video of a dog sucking it's own dick.
Hear that? It's the sound of an angry English teacher calling me out for talking shit. Here's what it sounds like:
“You're full of shit, I'm an exception, I have a master's degree, I'm smarter than you and I change my kids lives blah blah blah.”
“You're the worst fucking teacher ever, they should fire YOU, not us.”
There are some good teachers here, even some great ones. But good enough to justify our pay? And are the good ones actually getting put to work? How many of them are deskwarming like me, I mean for fuck's sake I put a guitar in our office to pass the time.
But if there's one thing I'm certain of it's this: If you hire 22 year olds fuckheads with no teaching experience and GPAs lower than my grandpa's nutsack with degrees in bullshit like Rhetoric, Economics, Political Science, Art, History, Art History, then the good teachers will always be the exception.
And that's why we have high unemployment in America. Not lack of jobs, lack of people who qualify for them.
edit: Well, turns out EPIK got wise and started a serious chemotherapy treatment.