Between the West and the Others: Dilemmas of Education and Normalized Cultural Identity in South Korea
by MinSoo Kim-Bossard - February 15, 2016
While President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncun have frequently mentioned South Korea as a model country with a high-performing education system, South Korea is currently undergoing an educational crisis, trying to address the low academic performance and high dropout rate of children from immigrant families. Simultaneously, Korean children are under enormous pressure to adopt the West as their role model because this is believed to allow them to become competitive in the global market. As Korea’s normalized discourse of “one people, one nation” is being challenged by both the rapidly increasing number of immigrants and concurrent efforts to increase national competitiveness in the global market, this commentary calls for examining what a ‘normal’ child should be to reflect the rapidly transforming demographic landscape of South Korea.
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