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Korea Bans Corporal Punishment in Schools

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For centuries, parents compelled their children to study hard and earn degrees in order to gain a higher position in society.

Some say corporal punishment at schools was part of that tradition. 

But starting this year, South Korea banned direct physical punishment. 

And now teachers and students there are mixed over what alternative should take its place.

From Seoul, reporter Jason Strother tells us more.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 March 2011 14:46 )

Historic Animosities Put Aside to Help Japanese Victims

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One of the first nations to send help was South Korea. 

While the two countries are close in proximity, many say in terms of relations, they are very far apart.

That’s mainly due to historical animosities that many Koreans harbor regarding Japan’s early 20th century colonization of the peninsula.

But, now many South Koreans are putting those feelings aside and trying to help the Japanese victims.

From Seoul, Jason Strother has the story.

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 March 2011 15:14 )

South Korea Introduces Robot English Teachers

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At many of these schools, foreign native speakers are flown in to instruct courses.

But at one school, students have been studying with the help of a teacher that didn’t come from abroad.

In fact, she was completely assembled in Korea.

From Daegu, reporter Jason Strother tells us more.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 March 2011 17:48 )

Residents of Attacked Island Soon to Lose Government Aid

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Download Tensions are cooling down on the Korean peninsula two months after North Korea attacked a South controlled island.

The Seoul government recently agreed to hold military level talks with the Pyongyang regime in the near future.

The shelling of Yeonpyeong Island killed two South Korean marines and two civilians.

Almost all of the island’s 15-hundred inhabitants fled  to the mainland.

Most are still living either with family or in government supplied housing.

But their support won’t last much longer. And some islanders say they still don’t feel safe to return home.

From, Gimpo City, reporter Jason Strother has more.

Last Updated ( Monday, 31 January 2011 11:05 )

Lazy South Korean Teens Sent to Boot Camp

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Download In South Korea, parents who find they have children slacking off at school, playing too many computer games, or watching too much tv are increasingly trying to straighten out their under-performing kids by sending them to military boot camps.

It's no walk in the park.

At the camps, children are forced to train - military-style - in sub-zero temperatures, crawling half-naked through snow-covered ground and doing exercises for 10-hours a day.

Here’s Mark Willacy of Radio Australia with the story.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 January 2011 11:55 )
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