June 27, 1987 |
In a country purged of normal politics by an authoritarian government, national issues are often taken to the streets. Since the anti-government protests broke out June 10, student leaders have put more than 100,000 followers into street demonstrations. Word was passed on Seoul's more than 20 college campuses, and for Friday night's demonstrations leaflets were distributed downtown asking for support and designating assembly points.
May 8, 1987
South Korean Prime Minister Lho Shin Yong ordered top police officials to keep a constant watch on campuses, set up guard posts at some college entrances and quickly intervene in anti-government protests. Lho met with national police officials after students battled police Wednesday in the provincial cities of Kwangju and Ansan. At least 30 people were injured in those clashes.
January 24, 1992 |
South Korea has canceled its college entrance tests nationwide after a school guard stole the exam to help the daughter of a poor woman in his church. While such a theft may seem minor elsewhere in the world, the reaction Thursday in this fiercely competitive and educationally minded country has been swift: The education minister resigned, saying he was ultimately responsible for the transgression, then President Roh Tae Woo himself apologized.
September 11, 1989
Warning of dire consequences for the nation's future, U.S. high school principals issued a "report card" giving American education a C-plus, compared with an A-minus for South Korea and West Germany's B-plus. The report differs from others that have found American young people lagging behind their foreign counterparts by examining not just student performance, but the overall commitment to education in the three societies, the National Assn. of Secondary School Principals said.
February 1, 1989 |
The Educational Testing Service, in a six-country survey sure to bolster the harshest critics of American education, reported Tuesday that 13-year-old American schoolchildren score worse in mathematics than any of their counterparts and fall close to the bottom in science as well.
November 15, 2000 |
Perhaps nowhere was the fervor of South Korean mothers for their children's education more evident than on a dark, frigid mountaintop overlooking this capital city on a recent morning. About 300 mothers of high school seniors had packed an open-air Buddhist temple Saturday evening to pray--all night--for their children's success in a national college-entrance exam today that will determine whether the students get into the country's top schools. Most had arrived by 8 p.m.