For a typical high school student, the official school day may end at 4 p. But watching from afar, Owenby says he's not optimistic. The hour days in classrooms reflects South Korean society's powerful focus on educational achievement. A student completes her workbook at study hall. It's no surprise, then, that researchers found more than half the Koreans age 11 to 15 reported high levels of stress in their daily lives.
Elisa. Age: 27.
Hae Ryun Kang contributed to this report.
Lilyana. Age: 20.
The All-Work, No-Play Culture Of South Korean Education
And there are social consequences, too. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. A student completes her workbook at study hall. She ties the demand for college success to a national drive to keep the economy humming.