Teacher: OK Girls, Off With Your Skirts

April 30th, 2009 · Education and ESL · 0 comments

Efforts at banning corporal punishment continue to be futile down in Gwangju, where the creativity apparently never stops. (Hat tip to Brian.)

A fact-finding investigation of the Gwangju City Office of Education has confirmed that a female teacher at girls’ high school “C” used corporal punishment on students after making them remove their skirts because they had received poor grades.

The Office announced on the 28th that, “our investigation of the teacher and students concerned found that an English teacher, during a lesson, administered corporal punishment to the students after having them remove their skirts.”

According to the investigation, the female English teacher had the students, who had done poorly on a pop quiz, remove their skirts and duck-walk around the teacher’s desk.

A similar punishment was meted out to over 10 students who scored 0 on a pop quiz last month.

Some of them removed their skirts and spent two to three minutes with their knees bent before returning to their desks, and others removed their skirts and walked to the teacher’s desk and back, the Office explained.

The teacher at issue explained to the investigation, “I gave the extremely low-scoring students a choice between taking their skirts off or being hit on the forehead.”

But some of the students criticized her, saying, “the students didn’t ask for the punishment, we had to take our skirts off and walk around the classroom.”

A member of the Office of Education announced, “because she was aware of the students’ objections but still used this method of punishment, as the investigation confirmed, a disciplinary hearing will be formed.” The Office has said it will strengthen corporal punishment prevention education for all teachers in the Gwangju area to prevent similar uses of corporal punishment.

Teacher: “OK Girls, Off With Your Skirts”

April 30th, 2009 · Accidents, Crimes and Scandals, Education and ESL · 27 comments

Efforts at banning corporal punishment continue to be futile down in Gwangju, where the creativity apparently never stops.

(Hat tip to Brian.)

A fact-finding investigation of the Gwangju City Office of Education has confirmed that a female teacher at girls’ high school “C” used corporal punishment on students after making them remove their skirts because they had received poor grades.

The Office announced on the 28th that, “our investigation of the teacher and students concerned found that an English teacher, during a lesson, administered corporal punishment to the students after having them remove their skirts.”

According to the investigation, the female English teacher had the students, who had done poorly on a pop quiz, remove their skirts and duck-walk around the teacher’s desk.

A similar punishment was meted out to over 10 students who scored 0 on a pop quiz last month.

Some of them removed their skirts and spent two to three minutes with their knees bent before returning to their desks, and others removed their skirts and walked to the teacher’s desk and back, the Office explained.

The teacher at issue explained to the investigation, “I gave the extremely low-scoring students a choice between taking their skirts off or being hit on the forehead.”

But some of the students criticized her, saying, “the students didn’t ask for the punishment, we had to take our skirts off and walk around the classroom.”

A member of the Office of Education announced, “because she was aware of the students’ objections but still used this method of punishment, as the investigation confirmed, a disciplinary hearing will be formed.” The Office has said it will strengthen corporal punishment prevention education for all teachers in the Gwangju area to prevent similar uses of corporal punishment.

Credit Where It Is Due

April 30th, 2009 · Foreigners · 9 comments

It seems everyone with a K-blog has had their share of fun twitting Jon Huer — I certainly did — but his column on the ubiquity of “uri nara” is actually not bad. (Posted six weeks late because I rarely read the English newspapers in Korea.)

Kiss of the Day

April 30th, 2009 · Photos · 4 comments

Singer In Sooni plants a big wet one on her daughter while celebrating the release of her 17th studio album.

Report: Anti-Junk Food Law Toothless

April 29th, 2009 · Health and Environment, Legal news · 27 comments

Surprisingly, it turns out the legislature can’t just snap its fingers and get kids to stop eating crap.

Nearing one month after the enactment of a new law (어린이 식생활 안전관리 특별법) to prevent children from eating high-calorie, low-nutrition “junk foods” such as hamburgers and sodas, it is becoming irrelevant because related regulations are inadequate.

The food-labelling system has had no effect because standards defining such high-calorie, low-nutrition foods are as low as ever.

The law, meant to secure the safety of children’s food, has been in effect for 21 days, nearly one month.

The main substance of the law is to prevent so-called “junk food,” high-calorie, low-nutrition foods such as ice cream and soda, from being sold near schools.

But as the one-month mark approaches standards have not been set to classify foods as high-calorie or low-nutrition,  preventing any results from materializing.

After the law went into effect the government and ruling party announced that such standards would be completed, published and in effect by the end of this month.

But with the regulations going unpublished, this month’s enactment of the law is ineffective, and such representative junk foods as hamburgers and sausages will not have nutritional labels until this coming August.

The government caloric and nutritional standards for children’s foods have been delayed and delayed.

Popular foods such as hamburgers and pizza keep the current sodium standard of 600 milligrams, but instant ramen is being made an exception to be phased in to a 1,000mg standard.

The labelling system being delayed would place a green mark on safe foods and a red mark on dangerous foods according to the relative effect of their ingredients on children.

The ruling party introduced the idea of mandatory green labels as a way to strengthen the system, but during the legislative process it was changed to a mere recommendation.

Under the present situation vendors in and near schools are unaware of the operation of the new law and know little of its contents.

A representative of a vendor in a middle school in Seodaemun in Seoul said, “last fall I got a notice saying to stop selling soda and hamburgers and so on. I don’t know specifically which foods are ok and which are not.”

43-year old Mr. Lee, who operates a bunshik restaurant across from an elementary school in Gangnam, said, “I saw on the TV and in the newspaper I should stop selling ddeokbokki. I don’t know if I have to change anything since I haven’t really heard anything from the local government.”

One middle school in Seodaemun ejected all vendors last year but students snack between meals the same as before.

16-year old Lim Song-jin said, “the number of kids who bring ramen from home and eat it went up. Even if you get hungry at school you can just go out to a convenience store and get some soda and snacks.”

Though actively being pushed by the government and ruling party to improve children’s eating habits, the new law has had no effect one month after its enactment because of the delayed standards.

That’s Sorta-Kinda Timely, I Guess

April 29th, 2009 · Photos · 11 comments

Amid the global outbreak of swine flu, one of the featured photo galleries at the Chosun Ilbo right now is this one of the start of last year’s US beef protests in Seoul.

Coming Soon to a PC Bang Near You: No Smoking

April 28th, 2009 · Economy and Worklife · 45 comments

Anti-smoking policies from the government continue apace.

With the government announcing it will prohibit smoking in public places including PC bangs, the pros and cons of the policy are being debated. The longstanding debate between “the right of smokers” and “the rights of nonsmokers” is unfolding.

The Ministry for Health, Welfare, and Family Affairs (보건복지가족부) announced on the 25th that, “a bill is currently being proposed under which either all of a public building is to be designated no-smoking or in only part of it is smoking allowed.”

According to the bill it would go into effect starting in June of next year, banning smoking in 16 public places including PC bangs, manhwa bangs, and saunas.

When that or a similar bill goes into effect there will be instant criticism from smokers. Smokers assert their right to smoke, criticizing the current bill.  They are loudly voicing their discontent.

One netizen, writing under the pseudonym 쏘온 at the portal site Daum agora, said, “I understand that people feel harmed by secondhand smoke but this unlimited restriction is pretty much tyranny.”

There are others welcoming the bill. Non-smokers vexed by cigarette smoke are speaking out in favor of the disappearance of cigarette smoke from public spaces.

One netizen with the pseudonym 여로로움 said, “people who smoke cigarettes should be trying to quit, but under this bill, with fewer places where it’s allowed and more education, first teens will consider quitting and they’ll stop learning about cigarettes.”

PC bangs are a particular point of contention, because so many people smoke in PC bangs. Accordingly, non-smokers who use them eagerly await the day when they will be smoke-free.

Ostensible PC bangs’ smoking policies have been criticized. PC bangs are divided into smoking and non-smoking sections, but in fact the division is not so neat.

In fact, it is not difficult those which allow people to smoke in the non-smoking section by using a paper cup for an ashtray.

One netizen using the pseudonym “Pain” said, “rather than making everything non-smoking, how about cracking down on people who smoke in the bathrooms or the non-smoking sections? Do it right and non-smokers won’t be angry.”

Gimme a K! Gimme an O!

April 28th, 2009 · Photos, Sports · 20 comments

South Korea made its first appearance in the World Cheerleading Championship on the 25th in Orlando.

15 Chinese Arrested for Voice Phishing

April 27th, 2009 · Accidents, Crimes and Scandals, Foreigners · 5 comments

Arrested in Seoul, the perps managed to take in a cool W360 million before getting caught.

Performance Art in New York Publicizes North Korean Human Rights

April 27th, 2009 · North Korea, Photos · 5 comments

The Korean-American “multi artist” Park Yun-hye put on the show “Bodies of Pyongyang” in New York on the 25th. Learn more at the peformance’s website.