I want a go home I’m tired
Don’t Hit ME
what’s happenin in korea
You want to know what’s happening? Korea’s education system is literally the most rotten piece of shit to ever exist.
Let me explain the context of the poster on the left.
The average time a kid spends in school in the US is 900 to 1000 hours per year, spread between 175-180 days (x)
In 2007 there were mass student protests in Netherlands because they increased the hours spent in school to 1040 hours per year, or 8 hours a day, 130 days a year. (x)
Korean high schools, on the other hand, enact a 3150 policy, 225 days of school with 14 hours a day, or from 8 am to 10 pm (x)
Also due to the private education sector of hagwons and the fierce competition of Korean high schools, basically after school kids go to hagwons, or personal academies, till 2, 3 in the morning, fit in maybe 4, 5 hours of sleep and go back to school. (x)
It was only in 2012 that schools went from having classes on Saturday excluding the first and third Saturday, and it was only in 2007 when they changed from having class every Saturday. (x)
This system is literally the epitome of the factory schooling system which comes as a result of a capitalistic schooling system and it works kids too hard which is one of the reasons Korean school kids are some of the unhappiest of pretty much any OECD country. (x)
For the photo on the right, physical punishment is not fully banned in Korea.
Since 2011, Seoul, Gyunggido, Gangwondo, and Julla Bukdo have banned the use of direct physical punishment, or basically hitting kids with either tools or physically with their body. That being said that’s basically only about half of South Korea.
Also, indirect physical punishment such as making kids to planks, make them kneel with their hands up, making them run laps, or of the sort is still fully acceptable in all Korean schools. (x)
Anybody who’s a Korean in a Korean school right now already has experience with getting beat by a teacher and some kids still have to deal with physical punishment by teachers.
Disclaimer: COMPLETE TANGENT ALERT.
This is fairly standard fare in the East and Southeast Asias, though it’s absolutely ridiculous in East Asia, where some of my friends come home from school at like 6 or 7 pm. Just looking at student suicide rates is nauseating. Southeast Asians may have it bad, but we have to be glad it’s not worse.
I remember that in Malaysia, we had a 12-year-old commit suicide before she received her UPSR results because she was so worried she did badly and ended up getting, post-mortem, 4 As and 1 B out of 5 subjects, which isn’t bad at all. That started a re-evaluation of the education system’s expectation of children’s performance here, although not a lot has changed since then, unfortunately.
I think it might also be a difference in the cultural acceptability of suicide? This is speaking without sources or references. In Malaysia, attempted suicide is a crime (before you do the act, it’s fine, but if you fail to die from suicide, you WILL be arrested, it’s fucking ridiculous) that stems from Abrahamic roots of the indignity of suicide as life and death are in the hands of the maker, etc. Non-monotheistic religions have different perceptions of suicide, and there are of course cultures where death can be considered preferable to a dishonourable life, and so on. If high rates of suicide combine with desensitisation towards, for example, student suicide is prevalent, I suppose nothing can shock a change.
But I digress.
All in all, it’d be seriously great if there was a de-emphasis on examination results as the be all and end all of a student’s academic fate in Asian countries.