The education system in Korea is known to be very competitive and many students are forced to attend “Hagwons” almost every day after school.
So what actually is the Hagwon Culture in the Korean education system.
1. What is Hagwon 학원? 들어본 거 같은데…
Hagwons, also known as private academies or cram schools, are a prevalent aspect of the education system in South Korea.
Many students attend (가다) hagwons due to the belief that standardized education (공교육) provided by public schools was not sufficient (부족하다) to achieve these goals.
2. Hagwon System 학원 시스템
In the hagwon system, students attend after-school classes in addition to their regular public-school (공립학교) education, where they receive additional instruction (가르침) in a variety of subjects (여러 과목). Students may attend hagwons for a few hours after school (방과후) or on weekends (주말).
3. The Impact of Hagwons 학원은 필요한가?
The hagwon culture is deeply (깊게) ingrained in Korean society, and it is often viewed as a necessary (필요한) investment in a child's future (미래) success.
Many parents are willing to pay high fees for their children to attend prestigious (명문) hagwons, even if it means sacrificing (희생하다) family time and leisure activities.
4. The Obstacles of Hagwon 학원의 장애물
Some students feel burned out (번아웃) from the intense workload, and the pressure to succeed can lead to high levels of stress (스트레스).
The hagwon system can exacerbate existing inequalities (불평등), as families that are more well off can afford the best hagwons to give their children an advantage (이점) in school.
5. Efforts Made 앞으로 갈 길
In recent years, there have been efforts to reform the hagwon system and reduce (줄이다) the emphasis on test preparation (시험 준비).
However, the hagwon culture (문화) still remains important and plays a role (역할) in shaping the country's academic and professional (전문적인) landscape.
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