By the time most Koreans graduate they're great in mathematics, grammar, history, and basically everything that's fact based and doesn't require a lot of advanced critical thinking. Not that these subjects shouldn't require critical thinking, they just don't in Korea. A typical Korean student would have no trouble defining a whole host of scientific vocabulary, but ask them to design a creative experiment to test something they've never thought about before and they'll be stumped. So, as far as standardized test taking goes , Koreans rock.
In the case of milder disabilities, where the students actually are sent to school, the treatment they receive from other teachers and students is deplorable. They are regularly mocked, bullied, teased, yelled at, and generally treated like a problem and a nuisance by students and faculty alike. Now, this is only what I've seen from my personal experience, but having talked to dozens of teachers in all areas of the country, this seems to be pretty standard.
I did my best to support these kids for the 40 minutes I saw them every week, and I was fortunate to work with one coteacher who very like-minded, but as far as I saw, everyone else in our school treated these kids like animals. It was by far the most depressing aspect of working in this system.
Anyway, let's move on to something happier...
Forget your umbrella? No problem, you can have theirs, or they'll walk you to the nearest store under their umbrella to keep you dry. Lost? Don't worry about it, they'll walk you 20 minutes out of their way to show you where to go. Short on cash? No big deal, they'll just give you whatever you're trying to buy (aside from that new 50" plasma TV).
But in general, Koreans are incredibly friendly, hospitable, love foreigners, and are more than happy to help you find whatever you're looking for.
They've also get some pretty delicious and incredibly disgusting sea food options as well, if that's your bag. I did have the chance to eat a live octopus while here. It was squirmy.
So if you get the chance, definitely check out a Korean restaurant. Turns out there's even a few decent ones here in KC!
I had some of the most amazing times of my life here, and I met some wonderful people, including the most incredible girl ever, Ms. Kendra Moran. It's been sad to say goodbye to the country and the people, but alas, it's time for a new adventure...And so, I'll see you in Colombia this fall!
Oh, I almost forgot... if you enjoyed the previous "bandit' movies, here are the final two from my time at AllieJam hagwon:
The Time Bandit
The Mondey Bandit