The university in spring days should be full of romances and laughter, but to some students even freedom of laughing is not allowed. Unlike other university students who enjoy their freedom of 20s and have fun dressing up themselves, some students majoring in art, music or physical education are suffering from so-called ‘military discipline’ at school. Bowing to seniors whenever or wherever one sees them, forbidding freshmen from doing make-up or getting a perm, and so on, it went as far as to even infringe one’s privacy. Recently, this issue has come to be known and criticized by many people.
For one thing, so-called ‘military discipline’ in some universities make unhealthy group culture. To a certain limit, regulations can help strengthen unity of a group, but this can only be applied when it is done in ‘certain limit’. In some universities where have been recently issued went beyond this ‘certain limit’ we are talking about, and went far enough to even take control over individual’s personal rights. Such excessive regulations caused some students who were not able to adjust to such atmosphere or felt injustice to even leave the school, which clearly shows that ‘military discipline’ is not a healthy phenomenon.
Also, as victims of ‘military discipline’ became seniors themselves and repeat same acts in sense of revenge, the act has become a vicious cycle to be repeated over and over again. Trying to pay back as much as one has underwent, there seems to be no end to this vicious cycle. To add, as ‘military discipline’ is regarded as a department’s own tradition or culture, it became more difficult to put an end to such unnecessary act. The phenomenon of such vicious cycle being repeated is a task needed to be took care of by all members of our society, as fast as possible.
In present society when individualism is prevalent, some limits of regulations may be necessary in some universities that are in pursuit of unity. However, the reason that this issue came to be so widely criticized by the public is that ‘military discipline’ has lost its original purpose, only to be focused on its extrinsic factors. CAH wishes that students who became center of this issue can become mature enough to see what really is important< 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >