I think there are 3 major problems in South Korea
1. The fact that South Korea has the lowest birth rates in the world
2. The fact that South Korean students are the most depressed and act individually. (According to a recent survey)
3. The fact that so much money is needed for child education.
And I think these 3 problems are related.
First, Korean universities accept students 100% according to grades. Extracurricular activities, sociality and teamwork do not matter at all.
This inducts the increase of private tutoring and institutes. So it takes a significant amount of money to educate children.
I believe this is one factor of low birth rates. Anyways, students get tired and stressed out for studying all day long at school and institutes.
They learn that grades is what really matters for their future, so a sense of individuality forms. What about the parents?
Parents would probably be at work or at home waiting for their children to come back from private institutes.
Lets compare this to the United States.
Universities prefer students who are not only smart but also athletic and social. Students who have actively participated in extra curricular activities.
In fact, doing extra curricular activities(American football, soccer, swimming, cheer leading etc.) is a privilege because you cannot do any unless you have decent grades. Students study, exercise, become social and learn teamwork. Parents? Parents have fun watching the games of the school league, cheering for their children.
Of course, there are exceptions.
But to me their seems to be a tendeny of..
Koreans LIVING FOR their lives
Americans ENJOYING their lives
Whatever the reason is; although I may be wrong, we can see that SOMETHING is wrong here and SOMETHING is different there.
I would be glad to receive any different or opposing opinions