Education: Is it Worth It?
South Korean students perform superbly in the international field of academic achievements. In fact, the records are so ridiculously good that foreigners frequently wonder exactly what the key is that forms these results. However, there is another story behind the glittering marks. The population of the Korean society hardens their expressions when asked about the high achieving scores. This is because Koreans wonder if given the knowledge that the Korean students’ happiness were ranked the lowest amongst the congregation of the OECD countries, would these people still fantasize themselves being equal to the Koreans? Many believe that just a little insight into an average Korean student’s daily life will change their minds in an instant.
South Korea’s education system drives its students and their parents to drill themselves toward the apex of every mountain of academic competition. Superficially, this may seem like a healthy passion for students to have. Further uncovering of the means of getting their desires, however, will without doubt shock clueless outsiders.
Unofficially, Korea’s burning competitiveness to be the top of everything starts in the upper grades of elementary school. The period is thought of as preparation for middle school, and it is then when parents first begin to start enrolling their children in academies, which are the source of both Korean students’ high academic achievement and stress levels. Many students in Korea have already finished high school math in the sixth grade, with the forceful schedule of their Korean academies. During middle school, they focus on reviewing high school math and solving countless amounts of questions, so they may receive perfect scores on future exams.
Though some middle school students choose to try entrance for specialized high schools, for most Korean students, the real battle begins in high school. Not unlike the USA’s system of SATs, Korea has an entrance exam system of which is known as ‘Su-neung,’ which determines the next 50 years of the Korean students’ futures. From the first year of high school, Korean students are pressed to not only receive the best marks on their exams, but also to participate in extra-curricular activities which will give them credential points when they apply to universities.
Their daily schedule consists of early-morning studying, school, academies, and independent studying during late night. According to this schedule many students wake up around 6 A.M. and turn in the earliest at 2 A.M.
This suffering is all for just one examination. This one examination that will decide which university they enter, which will decide what job they can have, which is what will decide the rest of the outlines of their lives. The students push themselves to their limits in order to achieve all of this. Their parents penetrate their limits and push them through for their children to have happier futures.
We would like to ask the readers a simple question: Are the bloody tears and pain of over six years worth that obscure, happy future? Decide for yourselves, outsiders.