The president [Park Nam-sheik] stressed that a teaching license doesn't mean competence as an English teacher. ``Schools should open their doors more to those who can speak English well. Still many teachers are opposing to give opportunities to English teachers without teaching certificates to teach students at public schools,'' Park said. At the same time, he was very pessimistic about the increasing number of foreign English teachers from the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
``Most of the native English speakers don't have much affection toward our children because they came here to earn money and they often cause problems,'' Park said. ``If we need native English speakers, it would be better inviting young ethnic Koreans who have hometowns here. Also, we have to invite qualified English teachers from India, Malaysia and the Philippines as English is not a language only for Americans and British people.''
``Above all, we should produce qualified teachers who can replace native English speakers. I can assure you our school will produce such teachers,'' he added.
If by lacking affection you mean that we don't beat the students to study harder, then yes, we are not as affectionate as our Korean peers. And it's remarkable how the industry is so eager to attract foreign teachers, then so resentful of them once they're here.
Yes, yes, it's our job to lead by example and buck these stereotypes, but it would also be helpful of policy-makers and business leaders didn't have such severe cases of cranio-rectal inversion. There was a lot of what I liked in the KT's profile, but I've got to be dismissive of a guy so ill-informed about who we are and what we do.