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Korean Student Protests Turning Violent.

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posted on Jun, 11 2011 @ 01:13 PM
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It started out peacefully with a few thousand but as always, when the Govt. doesn't listen, the protests slowly start to turn violent. After spending many years in Korea I can say that these people will not let it rest until they either win or go down fighting. That's just the way it is over there.

Whenever I was a witness to their protests, it made me shudder with emotional support.

So, the next time you see a few people protesting over student fees in the US, remember the Koreans.



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SEOUL -- South Korean college students, civic groups and opposition parties held a candlelit rally Friday to call for quick government action to reduce tuition fees. South Korea has the world's second-highest average college tuition fees after the United States, according to a 2009 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development report.


And now some 510 civic groups have formed a coalition to support students and opposition party leaders also vowed to take part in the rally. Now that's support!

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Earlier in the evening, this mob was part of a bigger crowd of over 4,500 people who assembled in Cheonggye Square to take part in a peaceful candle-light demonstration, urging President Lee Myung-bak to fulfill his presidential election pledge to cut college tuition fees by half. Despite the promise, nothing has been done so far, and more students are suffering from serious debt.





Have you ever seen University entrance exam days in Korea? It is an emotional display of mothers wailing outside the schools. Sitting, sleeping, crying, praying and sometimes dropping to their knees from emotional stress.

Korean University Entrance Exam Day

Education is THE most important thing to a Korean family and I have seen parents go hungry in order to afford after school private tutors and academy classes.




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posted on Jun, 12 2011 @ 12:26 AM
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Americans need to pay attention, take notes, and see how this turns out. Tuition here is going up another 9% in September, it's completely unacceptable. But where are our students protesting? Nowhere.

But see, in America they've conditioned us into believing having debt to pay for college is "good debt" and that the actual price of tuition shouldn't matter to us because student loans will pay for it anyways..

Disgusting..



posted on Jun, 12 2011 @ 01:48 AM
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Originally posted by Rockpuck
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Americans need to pay attention, take notes, and see how this turns out. Tuition here is going up another 9% in September, it's completely unacceptable. But where are our students protesting? Nowhere.

But see, in America they've conditioned us into believing having debt to pay for college is "good debt" and that the actual price of tuition shouldn't matter to us because student loans will pay for it anyways..

Disgusting..


Would students be happier if universities cut certain courses and departments?



posted on Jun, 12 2011 @ 01:53 AM
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Students would be happier if universities learned how to manage their finances.



posted on Jun, 12 2011 @ 04:57 AM
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Originally posted by Rockpuck
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Students would be happier if universities learned how to manage their finances.


If it's a private university it's their choice to raise the fees. If it's a public university it is inherently inefficient.

So to lower the fees the universities will have to cut services and/or fire people.



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