A grueling national exam has long been the key gatekeeper to college in Korea. High school students spend nearly every waking hour cramming for it, taking practice test after practice test.
But the ministry of education wants to phase it out and replace it with an American-style process, one that considers talent, passion and independent thinking. Leaders say they want to nurture creativity and innovation, not just endurance and memorization. And they want to limit the soaring demand for private tutoring.
Sound radical? Sound...Un-Korean? Possibly. The testing culture here goes back hundreds of years, and undoing it is going to be hard. I wrote a story about how this nascent change is going in South Korea. Check it out!