Saturday, August 3, 2013

From Today's Wall Street Journal


Kim Ki-hoon earns
$4 million a year

in South Korea, where he is known as a 

rock-star teacher —
a combination of words not typically heard in the rest of the world.
Mr. Kim has been teaching for over 20 years, all of them in the country's private, after-school tutoring academies,
known as hagwons.
Unlike most teachers across the globe,
he is paid according to the demand for his skills—and he is in high demand.

1 comment:

Alisandra Wederich said...

This is so different compared to America, where the closest comparisons I can think of would be scientists like Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson running educational programs on TV and the internet, but it’s not really advertised what they are paid, and while popular, they certainly aren’t treated quite like rock stars. Instead, closer to the “rock star treatment,” seem to be the folks at Mythbusters, which is a show that is only very loosely based on scientific principles at best (many science majors I know have pointed out multiple issues with the way this show hypothesizes and tests theories despite the show’s engineer-oriented perspective).

I think it’s somewhat sad, too, that it seems limited to the field of science – where are the Math, English, History, and other subjects being represented?