The focus on education has been the foundation of Korea’s rapid growth in recent decades. While many world leaders have praised it, education in Korea has its dark side.
The average family spends US$1,000 per month for private lessons outside of class. Because graduating from prestigious universities sets the stage for better jobs, marriage prospects and future connections, the entrance exam fuels intense competition. The 9-hour long, once-a-year Sooneung test (CSAT) dictates the culture and lifestyle of high school students. It has produced terms such as “exam hell.”
Award-winning Education Fever in Korea looks at the exam and captures the experience of preparing for this exam through a day in the life of one student, Bitna Hwang.
Education Fever in Korea is great resource for Education Policy, Test Culture, Korean Culture,
Social Studies, Area Studies, and Teacher Education.