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Education, the driving force for the development of Korea : Land of the morning calm develops into a prominent player in the global economy

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Title Education, the driving force for the development of Korea
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Land of the morning calm develops into a prominent player in the global economy

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Ministry of Education

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London,U.K : Ministry of Education

Date 2015
Pages 24
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Economic Conditions
Social Development < Education
Holding Korean Education Centre UK
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Abstract

Korea is a country that boasts of a 5,000-years-old history. A classical scholar’s attitude* and humanitarianism have been highly valued and are deeply embedded in Korean society and history. This has led to the creation of the Korean alphabet, the invention of the world first printing technology, and a rich cultural and spiritual heritage. Hence, Koreans have highly valued studying and cultivating one’s mind to develop one’s abilities and honor the family. Koreans have also considered contributing to national and social development as the ultimate goal of studying and cultivating one’s mind. In 1866, a French naval officer, who experienced the French navy’s attack of Ganghwa-do to fight against the massacre of Catholics, depicted the education fever in Korean society then as follows. “We cannot help but admire this place and found something that really crushed our ego. Here, even the poorest have books in their homes. There is almost no one who is illiterate and the illiterate are looked down upon.” This is a story that shows well the education fever of Korea.