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  •  Global pressure from Asia re top US universities (7+ / 0-)

    is an additional part of this.  The pressure among some families in Seoul, South Korea for example.  It's intense.  I worked at one of the top private boarding prep schools here in the US for a couple of years -- won't say which one but it is in the Top 10 on any list -- and the # of applicants from Asian families has skyrocketed over the past 15 years.  I mean "Asian" as in from Asia itself, not Asian-American.

    And from there, the pressure those parents put on their kids to get into Harvard-Yale-Princeton (hyphens deliberate) is so extreme in some cases as to be dysfunctional/toxic.  One child age 17 was told "do not come home next summer, you have shamed our family" because after all they put up for tuition and room and board at this ultimate college-prep academy, after all they did to push her to succeed and nail a spot at the top of the US higher education system, she did not get accepted Ivy.  Like Tufts and Rochester are horrible schools.  When I heard that, I felt horrible for this girl.  I hope she succeeded and thrived at whatever university she ended up attending.

    •  "Asia’s parents suffering 'education fever'" (3+ / 0-)
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      By Yojana Sharma

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      Families cut back on other household spending "across the board," said Michael Seth, professor of Korean history at James Madison University in the US and author of a book on South Korea's education zeal. "There is less money to spend on other things like housing, retirement, or vacations."

      . . .

      The education obsession is so all consuming that the South Korean government has unsuccessfully tried to curb it, concerned about family spending on extra-curricular lessons and cram schools for ferociously competitive exams.

      . . .

      This is particularly an issue as record numbers of students graduate, seven million this year, and an overseas degree no longer has the status it had in the past. Many graduates languish in non-graduate jobs.

      But it is not easy to dampen education fever. In South Korea as in other East Asian countries, "it is deeply embedded in the culture. It's also based on reality that there is no alternative pathway to success or a good career other than a prestige degree, this was true 50 years ago, and it's just as true today".

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 07:27:45 AM PDT

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