“If they can do that in South Korea, we can do it right here in the United States.” Barack Obama addressed the 19th Legislative Conference of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, lauding the Korean education system. True, the passion of students–more accurately the parents–seems to have no limit as academies a.k.a “hagwon”s are fast becoming the new centers of business. But what exactly is the Korean system like? What is the factor that distinguishes it from other OECD countries’ educations? The bustling of academies has been a phenomenon that was directly the result of an education fervor. Convinced that only good education would lead to their child’s success, parents began to enroll them into after-school classes. Due to the fact that private teachers could teach in a better environment and yield even better results, every parent in Seoul soon started searching high and low for famous private institutions.


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