Saturday, May 7, 2011
The Hankyoreh has an interesting story on the recent establishment of a rural boarding school in North Chungcheong Province. Students accepted into the school live there in dormitories from the time the bus arrives on Monday morning until the Friday afternoon bus leaves to take them to their homes. The school is a collaborative effort of the North Chungcheong Province Office of Education, residents of farming communities, and students parents. It represents an effort to introduce educational diversity and opportunities to children in rural areas. What caught my eye in the story was the example of one student living in rural North Chungcheong Province who had moved there from Daejon in the third grade. He was unaccustomed to rural life and consequently spent seven to eight hours a day on the internet playing games! The article provides an interesting glimpse of the educational challenges faced in rural Korea today and how they are being met.