Addressing the Collapse of Teaching Authority: Understanding the Challenges Faced by Teachers in Today’s Society

2023-08-01 21:19:02

▲Teachers paying a silent tribute in memory of Seoi-cho homeroom teacher Photo: Yonhap News Regarding the case of the dead Seoi-cho teacher, a professor at KAIST said, “There is a question whether the cause of social problems is the collapse of teaching authority.”

On the 31st of last month, Professor Lee Byung-tae of KAIST Business School posted on his SNS, “If the cause is the rude attitude of students and parents towards teachers, and if this is a social problem, we need evidence that the suicide rate of teachers is higher than that of other occupations.” he claimed as such.

He emphasized, “People of all occupations commit suicide,” and “in other words, regardless of occupation, people make an extremely exceptional choice of suicide when they reach a certain psychological state.”

“According to the report, a willing teacher said that he did not leave a will in which he complained of the injustice of dying due to a problem with a specific student or parent, but why do you make such dangerous conclusions?”

Professor Lee has posted an article saying, “I’m sorry, I’m quitting social media” when his writing caused controversy online.

Earlier, on the 18th of last month, a 24-year-old teacher at Seoi-cho, Seocho-gu, Seoul, who had been in his second year since taking office, was found dead on campus, and the police are investigating.

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