Cheating, Hagwons, Plagiarism…What Else Can you Expect from Koreans?
American teens lie, steal, and cheat, while Korean teens plagiarize, live at hagwons, and commit suicide if they don’t get accepted to an Ivy League. Which one would you prefer? It is true that Korean students, especially those who attend prestigious foreign language schools, pour their lives onto studying at hagwons until midnight. It is also true that many Korean students cheat and plagiarize (nobody has forgotten about the cancellation of all test scores in Korea a few years ago). However, I feel that the article, though it was written by a Korean, is very biased and taken out of context.
Almost all students from all around the world cheat, plagiarize, and receive extra help. the article about American teens cheating at ‘alarming’ rates proves this point. Every teenager seems to have a time when they cheated on tests because of the pressure they had from parents, teachers, or themselves.
“As bad as these numbers are, it appears they understate the level of dishonesty exhibited by America’s youth,” the study warned, noting than more than a fourth of the students (26 percent) admitted they had lied on at least one or two of the survey questions.”
No matter what race, culture, and school you survey, you would probably find similar results in all of them: teenagers generally tend to cheat and lie in high school, regardless of ethnicity or geographical location. I found it quite ridiculous that Nam Jeong-ho, the reporter of the Korean article, would characterize Koreans as people who can’t think critcally.
“It happens to 1.5-generation [who moved to the U.S. very young] and second-generation Korean Americans who grew up in a Confucian family environment as well,” he added.
The quote above shows how biased the article is, as it states that even Koreans who live in America cannot write creative essays or study on their own in college. Even though many Korean students do cheat and rely heavily on hagwons, I believe there are many other Korean students that are honest and that do not rely on hagwons. People neglect these students who actually study hard on their own. I feel like even I’m trapped in this steretypical view of Korean students…