The All-Work, No-Play Culture Of South Korean Education

April 15, 2015 7:33 AM

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Students take the annual College Scholastic Ability Test, or college entrance exam, at a high school in Seoul last November. Students face enormous pressure to do well on the test and get into a top university. Airplanes are grounded on the day of the test so they won't disturb the students.

In South Korea, grim stories of teen suicide come at a regular clip. Recently, two 16-year-old girls in Daejeon jumped to their deaths, leaving a note saying, "We hate school."

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