Hagwons next to Colleges, and the Loss of Ethics

December 12, 2008 at 12:45 pm (Uncategorized)

I was always scared of the idea of college, but that first article just managed to give my fear a harder push.  It is not necessarily that I am afraid of not being able to communicate in English; English is my first language and shouldn’t be a problem.  What I am more afraid about is the amount of challenging work we receive in college, but having no one around to help me with it.  Going to hagwon is the norm in Korea, and not being able to attend those hagwons may make me a bit nervous.  Hagwon has now become a psychological comfort to me; if I didn’t understand something, I would be able to easily ask a hagwon teacher for help.  Some may argue that I could ask for help from friends, family, and professors, but honestly, it feels so much more comfortable to pay someone to help you.  Friends would probably be busy doing their own homework, family members would probably not know half the things explained to them, and professors might be busy grading.  It really is sad to realize that we have all become more and more dependant on hagwons, to the point that nearly half of the Korean students are dropping out.  Not only is it a waste of time and money on their part, it is also a bad representation of other students who DO deserve to get into college, thus lowering our chances of receiving a good higher education.  

Cheating is a very dangerous habit to pick up, because like drugs, it can lead to an addiction.  It works in a cycle.  You cheat on a test because you had no idea what the questions were asking, and get a good grade for it.  You feel good about it, and then forget about the test.  The next test date rolls around, and you take the test but you realize you don’t know even more answers to questions because you cheated off the previous ones.  So then the circle spirals in intensity, and before you know it you hit rock bottom.  This is the same with lying; when you lie you have to tell another lie to fit that lie, which leads to other lies that you have to remember whilst making up even more new lies.  It is surprising to hear that these habits are being increasingly picked up; you would think that students would learn to live honestly if they saw a fellow peer get busted once in a while.  Apparently not.  Perhaps the reason the lying rate is soaring is because of the lack of morals teens seem to have these days.  Or perhaps it is because of the declining religious beliefs, be it Buddhism, Christianity, or any other religion with a set of morals.

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