In Korea today, the children of the elite in society are making sure their children are getting the best possible education available. A very natural desire of all parents. But recently the mass media has revealed examples of the lack of fair play in securing entrance to the better schools. A priest-professor at Sogang University, in the View from the Ark, writes about this tendency in society, and cites one example of a family who took their child out of a famous middle school, after the press made much of the acceptance, sending the child to China for schooling.
the power elite are those that will send their children to study in
the States, but presently consider it more important to send their
children to China. Study of the Chinese language is becoming
increasingly more popular around the world today. He mentions hearing
that the royal family of Spain is teaching their children Chinese, and
the elite of the United States are employing Chinese wet nurses for
their children. Not only in Korea but in many parts of the world fluency
in Chinese is an investment in the new culture.
by taking these measures, believe they are helping their children to
live more successfully in the future. They are aware that Mencius'
mother moved three times to make sure her child would have the best
education possible. Korean parents have this same concern: out-of-school
studies and sending them to study overseas are only hampered by their
professor has one question concerning all of this: What do the parents
hope to achieve by this zeal for education? What do they want their
children to become?
For some years, he was a member of a non-governmental organization working in East Timor when it was under the trusteeship of the
United Nations. He said that he learned a great deal about values and
experience, and their importance in life. Persons not having experienced
living in a colony, with poverty and tyranny being daily affairs, don't
know, he says, how dangerous it is to control the workings of a small
weak country. Korea has had the experience and can contribute to
building bridges of communication from the rich to the poor countries
around the world.
be players in the world of the future, he believes that knowing
Chinese, English, and even Japanese will be important. However, he
stresses that even more important than the languages will be the
mentality of the persons with these language skills, and it will be this
attitude that will have influence in society, an influence, he says,
that can be used to give life or to kill. Those who do not have empathy
for the weak, the dignity of persons, and the common good are not the
kind of people society needs; they can easily be concerned only about
priest reminds us of the rich man and Lazarus, in Luke 16:19-31. The
rich man never saw Lazarus.
Often the weak are stepped on to benefit the strong. Consequently, the
talents and capabilities that many possess can be used as weapons to harm the weak.