Here's a part of my introduction in my latest Herald column:
The short video clip resulted in a 10-day suspension of the offending student and the one who filmed it and posted it to his webpage. Korean commenters pointed to a breakdown in discipline in their schools, though I'm not sure foreign English teachers found the incident so unusual. The professional boundaries between students and their native speaker English teachers are often unclear, sometimes resulting in awkward, inappropriate moments like the ones on the video.
And elsewhere it continues:
Sexual harassment isn't a daily occurrence in the classroom, if the video is even an example of sexual harassment, but things like swearing in English, cursing in Korean at teachers, rubbing arm hair, gawking at breasts, and hugging and touching do happen with regularity. As do minor annoyances that Korean teachers lament as well, like students who are disruptive, inattentive, or who think public school classes are a waste of time.
Trying to lead classes of students who consider you a friend or a plaything is not conducive to improving English ability or to maintaining a healthy learning environment.
Give the rest of it a read on the Herald site.
I make mention of a book written by a Korean teacher who says that because corporal punishment is prohibited in school it is becoming increasingly difficult to control students. One story in it is supposed to be hypothetical, but doesn't sound too different from what many of us have experienced in the classroom; an excerpt:
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].
That portion of the book is a quotation from the translation of an article by Korea Beat, and the quotation from the author I use comes from this Joongang Ilbo article brought up in this post discussing it.