26,000 or 500,000?
I’ve noticed that I haven’t posted anything really substantial about life here for the past two or three weeks. I’ve been busy “studying.” We have homeworks every meeting and tons of readings as well. Korean students are quite competitive and I wouldn’t want to embarrass myself by coming to class unprepared.
Anyway, the “Midnightrunner” posted an interview of Dr. Paul Robertson (a non-Korean hagwon-owner) and one of the things he said is that the Korean government will soon open its doors to 26,000 Filipino English teachers next year. One reason is probably because of the 300,000 Koreans studying (and spending money) in the Philippines. It is expected that about 500,000 Koreans would travel next year to study there.
I used to think that Korea should open its doors to Filipino English teachers. Learning that there are now hundreds of thousands of Koreans spending their money in my home country is making me change my opinion. However, it’s ridiculous how much the Filipinos (based on Dr. Robertson’s interview) are being paid. Paid blogging is a lot more lucrative. Would it be better for the Philippines if 26,000 Filipino teachers could come here to teach? Or would it be more economically beneficial if 500,000 Koreans would go there to study (and spend money)?