To all those Canadians who read this post, you’re going to think this is pretty crazy. And it is, mostly. Remember I talked about These Smart Koreans?
On July 15, the first semester of the year ended, bringing on summer vacation. When I was in school, that was a reason to rip off your uniform and scream a lil’ fit of joy. In Korea, for my high school students, that’s not the case. They had July the 16th off, and then the 17th they were back to school: summer classes.
The summer classes went on for 1 month. They are still 50 minutes long, they still have a teacher and they still learn the exact same thing. They still have 7 classes a day and they still stay at night for self-study until 10pm. Nothing changed.
The only real difference was that a few teachers go away on vacation, but the most they get is 4 days. Because I’m the Native English Teacher and I have a strong-as-balls contract, I get to leave for 2 weeks. But because a few teachers leave, other teachers have to teach even more. It’s more work for the teachers. It makes no damn sense.
Even for me, I taught 28 classes last week. And instead of the regular team teaching I do (with a Korean English teacher) I was all alone. That actually went incredibly well, the girls were awesome. I expected to have some discipline problems, but nope. They were good.
Either way, summer vacation was dumb. It’s August 17th, I’ve been off of Canadian soil for 6 months today. Maybe tomorrow I’ll give a 6 month update. The new semester starts today, and the girls have had no vacation. Damn.