80% of Teachers Complain of Verbal Abuse from Youngsters

      October 07, 2011 07:48

      Korean middle school students are the worst offenders when it comes to using foul language in class, teachers complain. At the request of the Chosun Ilbo, the Korean Federation of Teachers' Associations polled 326 teachers and 3,429 students last month, and 43.3 percent of teachers said students used foul language the most in middle school.

      Some 25.8 percent said fifth- and sixth-graders are the worst, and 17.8 percent said ninth-graders had the foulest mouths.

      Some 55.2 percent said they hear students using foul language every day, while 89.2 percent said the language being used has become seriously offensive. A whopping 80.7 percent complained that students swear at their teachers or speak to them contemptuously.

      Students themselves admit that foul language is a serious problem among their peers. When asked how many of their classmates use foul language, 42 percent said more than 75 percent, while 29.9 percent said between 50 and 75 percent. Some 74 percent said their friends have the greatest influence on their language, while 18.6 percent said they are most affected by broadcast media, the Internet and movies.

      Not surprisingly, the survey shows that parents (5 percent) and teachers (2.2 percent) have relatively little influence on the language youngsters use.

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