Wayland hosts Korean Teachers

February 23, 2015

On Thursday afternoon, Wayland Baptist University’s School of Education hosted a reception for Ji Heui Cho and Jin Hyaung Park, who are English teachers from Korea visiting Texas as a part of the Fulbright Scholarship Program.

Wayland has been participating in the Fulbright program for over 10 years.  Each year the Korean teachers spend time observing public schools in the area and sharing with Wayland students about their culture and schools.

At the reception Plainview Mayor, Wendell Dunlap, welcomed the teachers and shared how grateful he was to have them in Plainview.

“We are always honored to have special guests and the people that come from Korea every year from the Fulbright scholarship program are people we have learned to love and appreciate,” Dunlap said. “We are honored to have you in Plainview… and we thank you for coming and being a part of this program and enriching our lives.”

Dr. Bobby Hall, Wayland’s Executive Vice President and Provost, also took some time to welcome Cho and Park and to express his appreciation for this annual exchange program.

“In my mind the thing that is perhaps the very greatest educator is travel and exchange, and that cross pollination of ideas that is so very important in today’s world,” Hall said.

Both teachers described how their schools are much different than schools in America.  In Korea, many middle school and high school students attend school from about 8 a.m. to between 8 and 11 p.m. most days of the week. They emphasized the stress that Korean students have to endure because there is a lot of pressure to get into the top three Korean universities.

“These days’ Korean students are under a lot of stress,” Cho said. “Well qualified students have to make nearly perfect grades to get into the good universities.”

During the reception, Cho and Park exchanged ‘small’ gifts with Dr. Jim Todd, Dean of the School of Education.

Upon receiving her gift, Cho said “actually, in Texas, small is not small.”

Cho and Park also both laughed about how quickly the weather changes in Texas and learning improper English words such as “y’all.”