To people in Korea, “a 12-year education” has been taken for granted. “A 12-year education” means the time being educated as Korean students from elementary school to high school. However, we can sometimes find some friends who are not in school. The number of students leaving school is about 50,000 per year. According to Education Ministry data, high school students have shown a high percentage of leaving school among elementary, middle and high school students. In 2014, 19,144 students dropped out of high school voluntarily among the total of 20,249 high school students who left school. However, how about the view of society to these students? Sadly, it is still cold.
The perception, like “dropping out of high school is the wrong choice.”, still prevails amongst the older generation, because high school has been usually regarded as the stepping stone for going to a good university. However, such perception can make some students agonize about leaving school. These students think that there is nothing to gain in the teaching system of our schools, and then some of them decide to drop out of school. Therefore, they commonly prepare and pass the qualification examination for college entrance, and prepare for the Korean SAT or learn some skills for their dream. Of course, during the process of their studying, there can be some difficulties. However, these ‘difficulties’ can be life lessons to them, so these students seeking their lives’ goals deserve to be praised. Also, “school life adjustment related with personal relationships” is another noticeable reason for leaving schools. If you hear problems the maladjusted students had, you will know their mental sufferings are much more serious than you thought. For example, having not made friends in class, they couldn’t talk with any friends all day in the beginning of the semester. Every moment of class comes as a fear to them. These continuous difficulties can cause them to drop out of school. Some people might say, “Students must overcome their difficulties without evading problems.” However, to students in these examples, they can open their suppressed minds and have time to look back into the past and set goals more freely.
Dropping out of school will be a crucial decision for students who decide to dropout, because those students have to take responsibility for many parts of their conduct on their own. Why don’t we encourage students who have made this heavy decision? Some of them might have unspeakable reasons that they cannot help but to choose dropping out of school. I hope these students will get a great result in choosing their ways.< 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >