An educator working as a lecturer and consultor writes in the Kyeongyang magazine about the hopes of the teachers and parents of children graduating from elementary school. At a recent graduation she mentions how she was responsible for the teaching on morals and character formation of the sixth grade children.
day of graduation she was most interested in Hyong Ki, whose ability
remained at the 2nd year level. His family circumstances didn't allow
him the necessary preparatory material, and he came to school mostly
for the free meal, and would often be absent. He tried his best but was
not able to overcome his shortcomings, making it difficult on the
teacher, frustrating her best efforts. She new he wanted to eat some pork belly slices, and gave him money to buy what he wanted, he bought
some and gave the rest of the money to his mother which indicated the kind of boy he
What she thought would happen, did. Hyong Ki did
not come to the graduation. She had prepared a bouquet of flowers but
he did not show up. She went to his home, called his name and he came
out, his hair disheveled. He led the way to the school. They were late
and she sat beside him on the seats prepared and she whispered in his
ear: "It is good we came isn't it?" He nodded in agreement. They ate
at a college cafeteria, and as they left he said to the teacher: "Many
of the students left a lot of food on their trays, it was tasty, why did they do that?"
On the way home she bought some bread for
him to share with his two siblings. She also left him with these words
and doesn't know if they registered. "Hyong Ki, middle school is
different from elementary, you will probably be on your own. You will
have to be your own boss. Don't take a bad road. When you get into high
school you can get a part time job and help to pay your way, after
graduation you can find work and live in the way you want~!" Sadly,
there are many children who say all the parents did was give them
In the past those who were studying to be
teachers were bright but came from a background of poverty. This is no
longer the case, she says, and in fact studies show that presently they come from wealth. Are they going to be able to
understand the children from poverty? One educator said, teachers
in the past had an inferiority complex; she would agree.
was given the task by the board of education to give a lecture to those
who will be teaching the 5th and 6th grade. In her lecture she asked
that since they are beginning anew, they look with new eyes on their students: not to judge the students by their family background or by the
filtering done by the teachers in the past, but to work with the
objective personality type tests taken.
wants the teachers not be concerned with the students who do
well in Korean, Math and English, but on all the students--those who
have different talents and abilities. She wants the teachers to look on
them all with a merciful eye.
She concludes her
article by wanting the mothers to remember that when they send their
children to school their expectations are high, but not to forget what most educators make clear, that 90 percent and more of
the education of the children is done in the home.