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Friday, 4 August 2006

Bedtimes of Korean middle school students

12am
1am
2am
3am
3am
10pm
1am
12am
2am
1130pm
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.
.
Wondering what these times represent? They are a sample of the bedtimes of the middle school students in my class! I asked each one what time they went to bed (they came in looking like zombies, dozing off repeatedly) and I wrote them on the board. I asked them what they were doing up so late--their response was shocking: homework.

These Korean kids (ages 13-16) do homework up until the wee hours of the morning, then show up to English school at 9am. Mind you, learning English is just one of the many "academies" they go to during the week. Most students also go to Math and Science academy, all in the same day. They are under immense pressure from their parents to get A's...or else they will face harsh consequences.

This girl falls asleep in my class all the time...I have to wake her up every 5 minutes, it's quite funny. This picture was taken during the 15 minute break (notice her friend avoiding the camera like the plague after realizing I was taking a picture):

1 comments:

estlxlan said...

doesn't it affect their studies more if they have to stay up all night just to do homework?

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