Over the years, Richard has made quite a few short videos about Korea education. Too many in fact. It’s a good thing he re-directed his energy or there would be no Hallyu Back! With that being said, we both care very much about the state of education today. Heck, I’ve spent the past 2 years in graduate school studying it!

So when Richard received an email this evening asking for some help, we couldn’t resist answering this Korean University Entrance Exam question on video. Hope this gives a bit of insight into how things work in Korea for high school students and what they may have to go through to enter university here.

Below is the first original short documentary movie Richard made about Korean education. It was filmed in Seoul on Sept. 21st, 2009 and first uploaded to YouTube in Nov. 2009. It has since been reuploaded to our channel.

  • UtahanLovingKorean

    Since I work with legal documents on a daily basis (legal assistant) – I typed this up and had fun rewording some of it. I would have kept going but gave up. It used words from old English, etc. that never ever would have been used in legal documents in the US. I’m not sure if this will post but here goes (also, unbelievable they expect people with English as their second language to even understand this question, let alone the answers):

    The legal system is an age-old system that exists in every civilization.

    A common concern regarding legal authority has always been the question of equity.

    Equity is largely concerned with fairness, and although some legal issues fall outside the realm of fairness per se, laws are usually drawn up on the basis of equity.

    Once drawn up, however, it is adherence to the law that is the concern, and fairness is no longer considered. For example, someone may drive over the speed limit. When that person is ticketed and goes to court for the violation of the law, there are no issue of fairness being considered.

    There are a number of issues within civil law, however, that are not related to any specific piece of legislation. Divorce hearings, for instance, are heard by a judge who essentially decides how to divide the assets. Each side presents its case, and the judge is largely concerned with fair distribution of the assets based on equity.

    Equity law has a few basic guidelines that are often abstract and lack specifics, known as maxims which “reign over all the law.” Nonetheless equity law ____________.

    1. is often considered to be the foremost determination of legal rulings.
    2. realizes impartial legal decisions through evaluation of established laws.
    3. reflects empirical nature of existing legal system by numerous precedents.
    4. provides legally binding resolutions to issues out of any specific legislation.
    5. at most stipulates inscrutable justification to those who violate laws.

    I say #1 is he answer.

    • Aspen

      Yes one is the answer. I’m a paregal also and love that Utahanlovingkorean wrote it out in plain English :) crazy they expect a student to dissect this in a timed exam.

  • Christi Barron

    I say one as well. The last two totally didn’t make sense. The first one seems to fit from a legal standpoint ,but the wording is just so screwy that it feels over written . I’d love to see other questions on this test!
    We recently had an exchange student live with us from Thailand. He was in the eleventh grade and was failing almost all of his classes here in Alaska. It was not because of his lack of English skills either. He eventually told us that the people in his country have a general thought that Americans are lazy and that their schooling is too easy. He was shocked when he got here to discover that not only could he not keep up with the course load ,but he couldn’t pass his classes even with help. That being said, what do you think of the impression that Americans have on the education system in other countries?