Mothers Dream of Safer, More Humane Korea

Korean mothers hope for a safer, less competitive country for their children, a straw poll suggests.

The Chosun Ilbo recently asked 100 mothers, "In what kind of country do you want your children to live?" and 36 ticked "a safe country" and 20 "a country with less competition and more consideration for human values."

Thirty-seven of the respondents want their children to be able to do what they want to do with their lives, and 25 want them to become someone who is considerate of others.

Ten said they hope their children will become responsible people.

None of them thought the traditional preferences for prestigious universities or jobs with a big conglomerate are very important.

Yoon Hee-sook (42), who is self-employed, said, "I hope my child will be happy in this country even if she's raising cattle, rather than following the obvious winning path of going to Seoul National University and working for Samsung."

And Choi Jeong (47), a housewife, said, "I used to tell my children that they need to study hard to have a comfortable life, but since the [April 16] ferry disaster, I've talked a lot with other mothers about how school grades may not be that important after all."

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 16, 2014 08:15 KST