it was missing a leg

I lost my part-time hagwon job today. While this may seem like a bad thing, it is actually a relatively good thing… I hated that job, I hated that job with the passion of Jesus Christ (not the movie, the actual passion). It was an unorganized disaster of a school that parents paid a seemingly large amount of money to send their children to without knowing how little they were actually learning. In what turned out to be my last class today, one of the desks/tables collapsed because it was missing a leg. So, yeah, this means I’ve lost a significant portion of my income, but I’m confident that I’ll be able to find something with which to fill the void soon enough.

And no, I didn’t get fired. The circumstances of my departure are complex, and I’m not really in the mood to relate them with typing.

4 comments to it was missing a leg

  • Jo

    But that’s not fair! As your blog reader, I want all details! Get typing! 🙂

  • Jef

    Ok, then…

    The month-long summer vacation for Korean schoolchildren starts this week, so many of the hagwons have month-long intensive English programs during this time (god forbid Korean children actually get a break from studying). My hagwon was no exception — they wanted me (and the rest of the foreign teachers) to work three times more hours for only about one-fourth more money. This, after telling us repeatedly that if we taught the summer intensive we\’d be making so much more money, blah blah blah. Needless to say, I don\’t know of any foreign teachers who decided to stay.

    I could go on and on about what a disorganized mess this school is…
    -Between classes, the children run around climbing on bookcases and splashing in the large puddle created by the mysterious leak coming from the wall.
    -At one point, I had a class called \”poem\” and when I asked if they had a poetry book that I could find some poems in, I was told that I wasn\’t supposed to teach poems in that class. When I asked what I should teach in the class, the English-speaking go-between I was talking to said \”just a minute…\” and walked away.
    -During one week in early June, the schedule changed four times.
    -The thing that angered me the most was when payday rolled around and they would make us wait around for twenty minutes while they tried to find money to pay us with.

    I would have left the school long ago if they hadn\’t paid me so well, today they told me they wouldn\’t be paying me so well.

  • Jo

    Man! You’re well out of there.

  • Weird. I once had to teach a class called “Newspaper”, no further description given, during which I wasn’t supposed to use a newspaper. I snuck one in anyway. Eventually the class was cancelled.

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