For English Studies, Koreans Say Goodbye to Dad

Driven by a shared dissatisfaction with South Korea’s rigid educational system, parents in rapidly expanding numbers are seeking to give their children an edge by helping them become fluent in English while sparing them, and themselves, the stress of South Korea’s notorious educational pressure cooker.

More than 40,000 South Korean schoolchildren are believed to be living outside South Korea with their mothers in what experts say is an outgrowth of a new era of globalized education.

from “For English Studies, Koreans Say Goodbye to Dad,” by Norimitsu Onishi, The New York Times, 8 June 2008

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