This article from the Los Angeles Times, which seems to cover Korean activity extensively, talks of the highly competitive world of education in South Korea, For a few years now parents have attempted to bribe their children's teachers with cash, chonji, to give their children an advantage over others in the class. If most parents practice this bribery ironically, it brings all of the children back to the same level. The government has vowed to crack down on this practice in 2009. Frequently investigators stop teachers to look for signs that they have been bribed. This article coincided with an article I read a year or two ago, before I knew anything about Korea, that spoke of most South Korean high school students obsession with attending an American Ivy league University. The description of what some of these kids went through, either self-imposed discipline or a highly involved parent opened my eyes to the competitive nature of S. Koreans. They really have arrived on the world scene and are competing for top schools and jobs. Their work ethic is amazing and compels me to wonder if it is derived from their ancient culture or their desire to be relevant in the world community, I lean toward the former. I hope my kids work hard in high school because they are going to face stiff competition from a number of brilliant, hardworking S Koreans.