South Korea’s obsession with education is well-known. The size of the private education market amounted to 18 trillion won (over 16 billion U.S. dollars) last year. The market is so big that for years, the government has been trying to regulate hagwons — private cram schools — but
IKR for Korea Exposé Typical hierarchy at South Korea’s myriad English cram schools, better known as hagwon. Of course, there should be an even bigger guy labelled “fear of watching your child fall behind in a hyper-capitalist economy” standing behind the dad, but I ran out of space.
After my older brother fell ill from the stress of being a student in South Korea, my mother decided to move me from our home in Seoul to Vancouver for high school to spare me the intense pressure to succeed. She did not want me to suffer like my brother,