In parts of Korea, including Seoul, the teachers’ union is trying to invalidate national tests by urging students to cheat and scheduling field trips for testing days. Chosunilbo editorializes:
. . . the KTEWU opposes the tests, claiming they are both painful for the students while encouraging excessive competition, as well as prompting parents to send their kids to expensive private crammers.
The KTEWU abhors how the tests reveal which schools, and even which teachers, have been ineffective in educating their students. This is why the KTEWU has opposed steps to evaluate teachersâ€™ performances. The union is also demanding the equal distribution of performance bonuses paid to outstanding teachers. If the KTEWUâ€™s demands are met, teachers may be less motivated to improve the quality of their lessons. But what about those students who suffer under lazy teachers?
Teaching is very political in Korea, writes Brian Deutsch, who teaches English there.