Teachers, Praxis, and

Korean Teachers’ Struggle for Recognition

Authored by: Hee-Ryong Kang

The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Education

Print publication date:  February  2009
Online publication date:  February  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415958615
eBook ISBN: 9780203882993
Adobe ISBN: 9781135903091

10.4324/9780203882993.ch30

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Abstract

In 1999 the members of the Korean Teachers and Educational Workers Union (Chunkyojo or KTU) experienced an historic event: The KTU was, as Ko & Apple (1999) predicted, finally legalized, and its 90,000-member body (approximately a quarter of all teachers) gained increased political power. It was a dramatic victory for committed educators who had waged a painful struggle for 12 years despite massive lay offs and severe persecution (Chunkyojo, 1990), and for many people who supported the KTU’s struggle from inside and outside of South Korea (S. S. Jang, 1998, p. 65).

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