Koreans Dream of American Ivy

Sam Dillon, Elite Korean Schools: Forging Ivy League Skills, N. Y. Times, Apr. 27, 2008.

This article investigates the new contemporary Korean dream, that of attending an American Ivy League school such as Harvard, Yale, or Princeton.  To help make this dream a reality, schools offer the top scoring middle school students English-language and composition classes, emphasizing the skills needed to score high on the SAT. The social costs for procuring Ivy League skills are high, with romance and latent free time with friends looked down on.  However, the article alludes to the possibility that even these students may be able to achieve some sort of social balance.

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