These kids are absolutely incredible. I don’t know if it’s a Korean thing, or if I’m just surrounded by half-wits. I’ve never seen people with so little emotional intelligence. It seems like those most likely to make a situation completely awkward are the ones who have no idea that they are awkward.
After lunch, I came into my office to find Ms. Shin crying. This is nothing out of the ordinary. I think she just likes to cry. Every time, I feel a bit awkward – I’m just don’t know what to do with myself. My go-to response is to ask if she’s alright, and when I get the nod, I put on some headphones and pretend to work. Once she calms down, she is usually happy to tell me what’s going on.
Today we had some visitors during crying time. Three boys walked into the room right as she got going. I gave them a stern look and nodded toward Ms. Shin so they would notice her crying and leave. They looked at her for a moment, and when they looked back at me, it was clear that they were clueless.
They walked right past me and asked Ms. Shin for money to buy candy. This only served to upset her even more. She turned away from them so they couldn’t see her face. Instead of taking the hint, one of the morons tapped her on the shoulder and asked her again for money – this time a little louder. She was sobbing so hard that she couldn’t answer. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
When the first student couldn’t get her to respond, another one stepped up to the plate and said her name three times before I got pissed off and grabbed him. I dragged him out of the room, expecting the other two to follow. They didn’t. I had to grab each one of them individually and physically remove them from the office. I was so pissed off that I had to close and lock the door. When one of them came back and knocked, I almost exploded. Fortunately, another teacher came in and told him to leave.
I’m curious if this sort of thing happens in other schools (and in other countries). Is this total lack of social intelligence a Korean thing, or is it happening because many of my students are just not too bright? I’d love to hear what you think.
Until next time.