Should Korea Reunited?
By: Isaac & Lucy
May 31, 2019
Pros - Lucy
Grades are not a measure of a person's value, but they do represent one’s understanding of a content. Not only does it give the students a sense of where they are in terms of learning, but it also helps teachers to see their students’ progress of learning and understanding.
Grades are equally important at every stage of development. Starting from a young age, students need to understand how well they are doing at school. It prepares them for the rigor they will face in middle and high school. In secondary school, they will be held responsible for their work and other school assignments. Students will take ownership of what they don’t get, so that they can take necessary steps in mastering that skill. Without a grade, students won’t know if they are underperforming and would, therefore, start becoming indifferent to their own learning. Other students may feel anxious about their performance in school, because some people naturally have a motivation to succeed, but they won’t have an idea of their progress in learning.
In middle school, a student’s responsibility increases because being a middle schooler means getting more mature and responsible. It helps them to prepare for high school and other tests, such as the PSAT, SAT, AP exams, and etcetera. Also, if you get a good grade you’ll be able to get awards like the “Principal’s Honor Roll”. You have to start developing proof of your success so that, rather than stating you are great at school, you have evidence to prove it.
In high school grades matter the most if you hope to go to college, because GPA (Grade Point Average) is a big factor that colleges take into account in order to accept or deny a student’s admission. They also look at grades when they are deciding whom to reward scholarships, as well as receiving college credit which can save you time and money.
CONS - Isaac
Although unification might sound great by looking at the example Germany has set up, there are many reasons why it isn’t beneficial or even possible at all in case of North and South Korea. First of all, the cost is the problem; it is estimated that for ten years, it will take Korea about 169,808,000,000 dollars. We don’t even know how long/much it’s gonna take.
Second, the reasons for unification are weak. To understand this, we referred to the Unification Consciousness 2016 and 2017 Unification Consciousness Survey prepared by the Institute for Unification and Peace at Seoul National University. First of all, about 50 percent of South Koreans think reunification is necessary, and here are the reasons why the people are in favor The biggest reason is simply 'because they are of the same ethnicity' and they range from 40 percent to 50 percent from 2007 to 2017. Also, the reason for eliminating the threat of war is from 2007 to 2017 with 20 percent to 30 percent, and the reason for 'to solve the pain of separated families' and 'to become a more advanced country' is almost equally third with 10 percent to 15 percent, respectively.
The reason is different in the case of North Korea. According to a survey conducted by Satimin from 2014 to 2016, between 20 percent and 30 percent of the citizens think unification should be done because they are "the same people", and nearly 50 percent of them said that the unification will " make a good living for the North Korean people". bout 10 percent of them left comments that they would like to “relieve the pain of separated families” and “the threat of war”.
Ultimately, unification is both socially and ethically impossible. This is because unification is expected to bring about strong social structure resulting from differences in consciousness about unification between the peoples of the two Koreas, and with the North Korean government, which severely suppresses human rights, the Republic of Korea lacks the period justification for reunification when it is already recognized internationally as a different sovereign state, both expressly and practically, and creates ethical problems by itself. What all the people in South and North Korea need is freedom and peace. Now it is strongly speculated that unification will hinder this, and today it is only a specter of short-sighted history.