From today's Metro subway paper:
To sum up, on this day in 1983 the Culture and Education Ministry announced that standardized school uniforms were to be done away with and students' dress was to be liberalized. (Uniforms originated with the Baejae Hakdang in 1898). Within two or three years, the measure was done away with due to the interests of parents worried that regular clothes harmed the academic atmosphere, school uniform sellers, and the belief that regular clothes reflected the economic gap between students' families.
Maybe it's just me, but this picture in Metro last week which accompanied an article about the ban on corporal punishment in schools just seemed a bit creepy, especially in the way the girl is superimposed over the date and background of the paper, as if she must take precedence.
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While I'm at it, the paper's front page today had this report:
According to statistics released by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (based on 2009 figures), it costs 260,000,000 won to raise a child (the cost of a compact apartment!), with ages 0-2 costing 24.6 million won, ages 3-6 costing 29.4 million won, elementary school years costing 63 million won, middle school years costing 35.3 million won, high school years costing 41.5 million won, and university costing 68.1 million won. Good to know that two children will set you back half a million dollars. According to the institute, 140 million won is spent on private education alone during a child's primary and secondary school years.