02 9 / 2014
so yesterday deceived me into thinking that I could enjoy teaching EFL in Korea to K-elementary kids. Yeah. no.
Today reminded me of the hell that was my life in the classroom in Korea before and almost made me not do my teaching program in the US.
I hate it so much. I want to quit and tell them good luck for tomorrow’s classes.
One class of which they do not have the textbooks for yet.
They didn’t even check my visa to see if I am legally able to work here. And haven’t gotten the information to pay me, or given me a contract.
This is bullshit.
I shouldn’t have to spend MY time planning for classes when I am a part time worker. I already go in 30min-1hr early everyday to plan. But now they want me to type up formal lessons and told me that I should be spending the same or more time preparing for my classes as I do teaching. For $60 a day, $20 a class.
BH wanted me to send them an email when they asked me to come in an extra day last week to observe the kindy class (no pay) but I wanted to be a good employee, and I knew it was smarter to go and see how the class ran. But I am regretting being such a pushover now.
Never thought that I would miss an american public highschool classroom this much~~~
01 9 / 2014
We criticize North Korea for its prisons, when the US has more people imprisoned than any other nation in history. We criticize them for their elections, while our elections are widely viewed as corrupt. We put them down for their ethnicity, while engaging in genocide against our native populations. We criticize their lack of free enterprise, when our own system is now cutting off basic water from people in the name of profit.
In other words, even against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the United States of America looks like a clown. The shoe is on the other foot.
The United States prided itself on the idea that we were not like other nations – that the United States was indeed a land of opportunity, where not race or creed mattered, only the strength of character. But this was a comfortable lie we told ourselves, a fairy tale to make ourselves feel better. Now the world is pointing, and North Korea has pointed out that the emperor has no clothes."
31 8 / 2014
"Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women for the money. And it made her miserable.
As a young writer, Alcott concentrated on lurid pulp stories of revenge, murder, and adultery–“blood and thunder” literature, as she called i–and enjoyed writing very much. She was in her mid 30s when an editor suggested she try writing a book for girls. Alcott wasn’t very interested, but her father was a complete moron with money and had left the family in terrible financial trouble. Alcott wrote Little Women in hopes of some decent sales and a little breathing room and got way more than she asked for. The money in sequels was too good to turn down (and her father didn’t get any smarter with a dime), but Alcott hated writing what she called “moral pap for the young” and longed to return to the smut and violence of her early endeavors."
This is even better if you remember that there’s a part in Little Women in which Jo begins writing pulp stories and then gets lectured about it by her future husband. She ends up feeling horrible and never does it again.(via catscoffeeandmisanthropy)
31 8 / 2014
after going over immigration stuff for so long, I feel like I know the documents and forms for filing an I-130 petition very well.
We have our appointment to file the petition in 2 weeks!
Then we will start checking out the interview documents more seriously. I pretty much know what we need, but double checking a few things in the meantime.