For the countries of the Confucian culture acquiring knowledge, studying is almost sacred. And because South Korean students, in contrast to the children of other countries, know perfectly well what an abundance of homework.
Speaking honestly, Korean schoolchildren are simply deprived of their childhood. The race in order to enter the prestigious university, which largely depends on the future of the Korean, will start at about nine years.
If before this time you can still see Korean boys and girls who play carefree in the yards, then from that age everyone disappears from the streets and spends time at their desks.
Koreans, of course, complain about the abundance of homework assignments for schoolchildren, but nobody wants to demand their cancellation. Even on the contrary: Korean children voluntarily study as if in two schools at once. In the morning and in the afternoon – an ordinary school, and in the second half of the day – various courses, tutors in the core subjects, on which they plan to pass the analogue of the Russian EGE.
5 hours on average, Korean schoolchildren sleep, preparing for exams
In high school because of various homework assignments, custom writing and courses, Koreans sleep no more than four to five hours a day, preparing for exams. And this preparation lasts not several weeks, but several years. In principle, you can do homework and not do, but then do not see a good evaluation on the USE, which will not allow the student to get a “trip to life” in the form of admission to a prestigious university.
Some time ago, authorities tried to fight for the health of children, exhausting themselves with endless studies. Among the measures – a ban on the work in Seoul of various preparatory courses after 22 hours. But this led to the fact that the demand for private tutors, working at a later time, also increased, and some children began to travel for additional studies outside the capital, where the time limit is not established.
Vacation in Korean children today resemble not real rest, but rather a change in the type of education
Vacationing with Korean children is also reminiscent of not real rest, but rather a change in the type of education – private courses and additional lectures that are not counted are actively attended.
“Race for education” is a serious burden for the family budget, as different tutors and courses are quite expensive. As a result, the upbringing of the child becomes more expensive, which already leads to demographic problems – the birth rate is declining.
Everyone in Korea understands this, complains, is constantly called “one of the most serious problems of society,” but on the other hand they say: “What if we do not make our child participate in this race, then he does not see a decent place in life”.