The Black Barbie Chronicles: New School Year


Oay, not really relevant, but I couldn’t resist! I’m a huge Mel Brooks fan and The Producers is one of my favs! Anyway, this little entry is about the start of the new school year in Korea.  Enjoy.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

Ah, Spring! It’s that time of year for the new school year in Korea. Now, back in America Land, the school year runs from fall to spring. Korea does things a little different. The new school year starts in the spring around March and usually ends in December with school pretty much closed from the end of December to the end of February.

So the Korean school year is as follows:

  • March to June school
  • End of July –mid-August Summer Break
  • August to December the second-semester beings and goes until the end of the school year.

Then the students who are scheduled to graduate, in December will do so in January with January graduation. See, not so complicated.

I kind of like this arrangement that Korea uses for their school system, but it did take some getting used to. I also found out that the kiddies have two different uniforms, one for spring and the other for fall I learned this like everything else I learn, the hard way by asking stupid questions. I saw the kids in their spring uniforms and asked if they were taking pictures today or something since it’s the beginning of school. Poor school nurse, she looked at me and said no that’s their spring uniform. Oh well, you learn something new every day.

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