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The following is the comment about "Beware of Yale Foreign Language Academy! - The Saudi Pickle".
I was very interested to read the complaints of these two women. I have taught at Yale Academy for ten years, and I knew them both, and also know much about why they left Yale Academy. As for the first lady, Katrina, her comments about Christianity are merely a red herring. The school hires people of the Christian faith or no faith. They are free to attend church or not attend; that’s their choice. As for preying on their own church congregation, that’s a mean-spirited assumption on her part. The school has many students from many other churches as well as those from other religions. Did this lady check on the religious affiliation of all the students? As for no overtime, the school provides overtime for extra classes taught. The Speech Contest was held on a Saturday. What about all the extra unpaid time that teachers in the U.S.A and Canada invest in their students, at nights and on weekends? I taught high school in Canada for 28 years and put in a lot of extra unpaid time. Should Korea be any different? As for sick days, I know of teachers, including myself, who received the three paid sick days. In this lady’s case, when one is sick and feels that he/she cannot work, it is common decency to call the school and inform them of the problem so they can then rearrange their teaching schedules to accommodate the sick person. In her case, each time she was sick, she would notify the school only by e-mail. Then, when the message was discovered, usually at the last moment, the staff would have to scramble to find someone to fill in for her. This happened several times. She was not fired; she chose to leave. Her comments about Mintak are vindictive, slanderous, and totally untrue. Her hints about his homosexuality are a crock! She merely wants revenge on the school. Frankly, I knew her personally, and thought that she was a much better person than that.
As for Jessica, the second sniper, she complains about having to work while sick. How many teachers in North America often work while sick? Why should things be different here? When a teacher has to stay home, he/she goes to a clinic, gets their medicine, and stays home. All the school needs is to be notified of this fact. As for the banking story, the bank was simply being careful. Banking procedures are different here than they are in Canada. I’m from Canada, and I know there are differences. I lived at one of my school’s apartment for most of my teaching career here, and I know that there were no surveillance (CCTV) cameras there. Her “midnight run” was a piece of cowardice and childishness. The school had no idea whatsoever that one of their teachers had run away. Just a few minutes before classes began; the staff found out that she was gone; her students were waiting for her. All of us had to then rush around and rearranged our teaching schedules, and take on extra classes for almost a month before we could hire someone else. (And we WERE paid overtime!) Her silliness cost us a lot of extra work.
The real problem with people like those above is that they come here with the expectation that everything has to be a carbon copy of the way things are in North America. This is a different country with a different culture and, sometimes, different ways of doing things. To expect otherwise is to be naive.