|Majority of S Koreans Say N Korea ‘No Danger’|
|by Tom McGregor||Fri, Jun 18, 2010, 12:41 PM|
North Korea Dictator Kim Jong-il launches torpedo attacks at South Korean naval ships, threatens to enflame Seoul into a “Sea of Fire” and builds nuclear weapons that can wipe out the South and Japan at a moment’s notice. Meanwhile, a nationwide Gallup poll recently disclosed that 52.7 percent of South Koreans think that the North poses “no danger” to their livelihoods.
Perhaps, South Koreans lack a basic understanding about the horrors of the Stalinist regime while many of them enthusiastically cheer and support the North Korean World Cup soccer team at universities all across Seoul, South Korea.
The Chosun Ilbo reports that, “more than half of South Korea’s young people know little or nothing about the defining moment in their countries history, a fresh survey confirms. In a Gallup poll of 1,703 people nationwide over 13 for the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, only 60.9 percent of respondents correctly answered that it broke out in 1950, but 39.1 percent did not know when it broke out or gave a wrong answer.”
For South Koreans to remain ignorant on the outbreak of the Korean War is a shock and attests to the failure of the South’s education system which places a strong emphasis on standardized tests on the subjects of math, science and English, but ignores the importance of a Liberal Arts’ education that can provide wisdom to young pupils.
Yet, South Koreans can make a legitimate argument that the American education system is nothing to boast about. If a survey was conducted asking respondents: “Who is the current president of South Korea?” in all likelihood, nine out of 10 Americans probably could not answer the question correctly.
The South Korean youths may not be knowledgeable about the history of their native country, but they are experts on the topic of soccer, even though their World Cup soccer team was trounced today by Argentina, 4-1.
To read the entire article from the Chosun Ilbo, link here:
written by Austin , June 19, 2010
Perhaps we should let the Koreans sort out their own differences?
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