Korea 101: The kids live at school.
In the United States, classes start when the bell rings. In Korea, classes begin when the Korean teacher walks into the room, which — let’s be honest — is usually a few minutes after the bell rings.
I’ve often wondered about this cultural difference. Are the teachers just lazy? Or are they really that busy? Maybe they are just giving the students a few extra minutes to settle?
Today, my question was answered. I can now tell you beyond any shadow of a doubt why Korean teachers wait until a few minutes after the bell rings to head to class. It’s so they don’t catch anyone with their pants down.
Let me spell that out for you. I literally walked into a classroom — full of students — about five minutes before the bell and found one boy in the front of the room with no pants on.
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