The world sees South Korean students as the epitome of intense.With Korea having the highest academics- related teenage suicide rates in the world (as duly noted on World Suicide Prevention Day by the Korea Health Promotion Foundation), it’s not surprising to see many people (especially Westerners) shake their heads at the staggering standards Korean schools set for their students. “They should learn to chill!” they say. “I mean, YOLO, right?”
America seems to be South Korea’s opposite. The “Land of the Free” certainly lives up to its name. School seems to stand for sports and bad cafeteria food, but that’s about it. When results from an international standardized test ranked American students 31st in their English ability and proficiency, many people shook their heads in disappointment at America’s seemingly lax educational system.