“If you’re not funny, you’re going to medical school” out of the mouths of children.
A child said, “All bills are proposed to coordinate interests, and this one is a request for doctors to share their profits. All bills are proposed to reconcile interests, he said, and he assumed that the nursing law would be a demand to share the profits that doctors monopolize.
Two words stuck in his ears: “Hangmyeong. He understood the distinction between doctors, nurses, and nursing assistants as a “hierarchy” rather than a difference in roles. He took it for granted that doctors lorded over nurses and nurses over nursing assistants, but he didn’t care about the intent or specifics of the bill.
Children’s perceptions of the healthcare professionals responsible for our health and lives are very flat. Doctors ‘cure’, nurses ‘assist’, and nursing assistants ‘clean up after’. This is what they’ve been taught by the older generation, what they’ve seen and felt in hospitals, and I don’t blame them.
In a situation where doctors and nurses are understood as if they were the boss and employees of a company, the enactment of a nursing law seems like a lost cause. “If you’re not smart enough, go to medical school,” is an accusation that comes out of children’s mouths. This is a reflection of the hierarchical educational system.
No other profession can compete with being a doctor?
Today’s children accept that their status is determined by their education. They call it a “modern-day antiquity system” because it’s a hierarchy that goes back to high school, and the order of university signage is determined by the family’s economic status. Children are no longer shocked by the eerie phrases “heljoseon” (the hellish reality of Korea) and “this life is ruined”.
Conformity is an inevitable survival strategy in a society with a rigid caste system. Resisting the unequal social structure is relegated to the tired struggle of a loser. Even from the mouths of the same losers, the phrase “if you’re not sarcastic…” always follows, like a report of imputation. Exams, the pathway to status, are idolized.
Doctors and nurses are defined as winners and losers in a competitive arena lined up through exams. In children’s minds, the rules of competition operate: you win, you rule; you lose, you kneel. The different roles of the two are sidelined, as is the imperative that the health and lives of the patients come first.
Yoon’s veto and lack of a second reading ultimately killed the nursing law, and the doctors’ organization called off its strike plans. A similar situation occurred a few years ago when a group of doctors토토사이트, including specialists, went on strike. Their demands were practically monstrous, but the conflict ended with the government giving in.
The “victory” of the doctors’ organization, which brought even the government to its knees, served as a signal to children that competition and winner-take-all are acceptable. They learned that no other profession can compete with doctors in our society. When the nursing profession was seen as a competitor to the medical profession, no matter how well intentioned, they were already predestined for failure.
The “denture to herbal medicine” phenomenon that is now unfolding in every liberal arts high school in the country is a result of this. The idea that “college admission determines the rest of your life” has become a religion. Without a single exception, the path of the top students is ‘denture herbal medicine’. Interests, talents, aptitudes, and grades are all ignored in favor of grades.
The word ‘all bets are off’ and studying is treated like a gamble. In one well-known jiajia school, they proudly say from the entrance ceremony, “The real graduation ceremony of our school is when you get a certificate of passage in ‘denture herbal medicine’.” This means that they will do anything to get into the program.
As you may know, there are only about one in ten students who have been accepted into the school right after high school. It’s not uncommon for students to have good fortune and to have been accepted as a third or fourth choice. I saw a child who said that he felt like Columbus, who risked his life to pioneer a new route.
Children who pass the exam are guaranteed immense wealth and power in the name of the profession, and it is a privilege that lasts a lifetime. There is no retirement age and little risk of being disbarred. This is why there are many students who have been accepted into so-called contracting majors with guaranteed employment after graduation.
It’s no wonder that the number of top students dropping out of schools is increasing. They move from school to school in order to get the best grades, and instead of paying attention to their grades and extracurricular activities, they leave school to prepare for the SAT. Public education is on the verge of collapse.
Even in universities, this practice continues. Seoul National University’s College of Science and Technology, the top undergraduate school in South Korea, is nicknamed the “Denture Academy. As soon as you receive your passing certificate, bad luck begins and the university’s lecture halls are empty. Even career counselors say that unless you’re going to win a Nobel Prize, a doctor is a hundred times better than a scientist, even if you’re a “quack.
The change in the humanities is also noticeable. If the final destination for science and engineering students is ‘denture herbal medicine’, for humanities students, it is law school. Regardless of major, law school preparation classes are organized as soon as students enter the university, and tutoring programs are thriving around the university. The law school pass rate is used as a representative promotional tool to attract new students.
If the competition for “denture medicine” starts in high school and continues after graduation, law school is better because it starts in college. Nowadays, elementary school students as young as ten years old are enrolled in pre-dentistry classes. It’s baffling to hear them say that doctors are the number one profession and lawyers are number two.
If you don’t reduce privilege, it doesn’t matter.
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In South Korea, every child dreams of becoming a doctor or a lawyer. During their school years, they study like a warrior, day and night, for the sole purpose of pursuing their dreams. However, even though they try to ‘grind their bodies’, only a few winners are left, and the majority of them fail. It’s the inevitable end of the race to the bottom.
What’s worse is that the kids who are pushed out of the competition are labeled as losers in the name of “fairness. If the loser makes an excuse, they are often labeled as “ungrateful”. Even schools teach that it is “fair” and “common sense” for losers to reflect on their own lack of ability and effort.
We may envy those who have risen through decades of fierce competition, but we don’t berate them. The “camel that went through the eye of the needle” is celebrated, and winner-take-all is justified. Equality of opportunity is not a word that enters the minds of children in a world of endless competition where even making friends is considered a luxury.
For children who have been immersed in competition since childhood, school is a murderous battlefield. The authorities’ slogans of “an educational community that builds upright citizens” and “education that does not give up on a single child” are dominant. I wonder if there is a future for our society when I hear the strong words that come out of the mouths of children who have been raised to be ‘warriors’.
“It doesn’t matter why or how, as long as the result is good.”
“It’s all about me.”
“There are no friends. There are only competitors.”
“The only test that’s fair is the one you take at the end of the day.”
To them, no matter how much you cry for “justice” and emphasize “cooperation”, it’s just “Confucius’ words”. The argument for less competition is a valid one, but it’s not an alternative. Without reducing the privileges of doctors and lawyers, the white elephant is invalid. In a functioning democracy, the gap between wealth and power must be reduced.
Similarly, education reform is not a problem that can be solved by revising curricula and tinkering with the college admissions system. When you see the process of scrapping the Nursing Act and children perceiving doctors and nurses as a hierarchy, you realize that education reform is inevitably doomed. Unless you count the use of AI and the merger of local universities as education reform.
In the meantime, President Yoon calls for the introduction of market competition in the social welfare sector and the guarantee of “freedom of choice. With the idea of differentiating the quality of welfare services, it is clear that the socially disadvantaged will be provided with lower quality services. I’m afraid that ‘freedom of choice’ will be applied to public education. Even now, schools are flying the banner of infinite competition and self-reliance.
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