"Once class starts it’s a disaster. The kids giggle over their cellphones. So the teacher takes them away. One of the kids looks at her with hurt eyes and says, ‘I’m going to call the police’. The student gets angrier as the teacher goes on with the lesson. The students write the answers on the blackboard, one by one. Carrying the chalk, the student says to her ‘fuck you’ [in English]. All the students start laughing uncontrollably. The student has a wide grin at doing such a great thing. So she just had to go on. The teacher whacks the kid on the head. ‘Screw you!’ the kid says [in Korean].”
Besides the Korea Beat translation there's another English-language article here. Corporal punishment abolished? Really? Yes, it's technically illegal, but I know I see it before school every day and during every class break.
And you know, the challenges outlined in the book are the exact same ones we native speaker teachers have to deal with on a regular basis. Not as extreme, usually, but still. Our classes aren't taken seriously because, among other reasons, we don't resort to violence to control the students. This is a dichotomy I allude to when I do my "English Cafe" posts, the ones that mock the ridiculous presentation of English by foreigners for the amusement of Koreans: we're expected to be clowns, we alone, while Korean teachers literally have to beat knowledge into students.