“Extraordinary Attorney Woo” character Bang Gu Ppong is now the center who’s “leading” the protests against the NEW PROBLEM emerging in the South Korean education system. How is that possible? Check out the following report for the complete story.
Bang Gu Ppong of “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” is Leading Protests Against Korean Education System Problem – Via Sign Boards
A true fan of “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” would immediately realize that discussing Bang Gu Ppong means discussing the huge problem in the South Korean education system. Today, Bang Gu Ppong character from “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” has become the biggest inspiration for parents and teachers in their protests against South Korean new plan for education and the school system.
On August 5, various media reported that Bang Gu Ppong of “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” has become the center of the current protests. Protesters are holding up signs with what Bang Guppong stated in “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”: CHILDREN NEED TO PLAY NOW.
Along with the famous Bang Gu Ppong tagline, the protesters also displayed sign boards criticizing South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol. In the sign, they stated that Yoon Suk Yeol must learn more about the Korean Education system from Bang Gu Ppong of “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”.
What REALLY Happened?
So, what really happened behind the protest with this famous tagline from Bang Gu Ppong of “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”?
On July 29, South Korean Education Minister Park Soon Ae proposed a new plan to President Yoon Suk Yeol. She planned to lower the entry age for elementary students in South Korea from 6 years old to 5 years old only (international age)..
Furthermore, it’s the first time in 76 years that South Korea has lowered its age limitation for elementary school students. And if President Yoon confirms the change, South Korea will implement the new rule as early as 2025.
The ministry argued that lowering the elementary school entry age will reduce families’ education expenses. Meanwhile, it will also strengthen the public education responsibility.
And finally, according to the ministry, the government will be able to cover more child care, while students can graduate and start finding jobs earlier by lowering the school entry age.
“The purpose is to guarantee safe, high-quality education from the starting point by incorporating these children into public education at an early stage.”Minister Park Soon Ae.
Korean Citizens Protest Against the New Education System Plan: “It’s a PROBLEM!”
Following the new proposal from the South Korean Minister of Education, citizens began a massive protest.
On August 1, a group consisting of 36 education-related civic groups conducted a mass protest near the Yongsan presidential office in central Seoul.
Citizens of parents’ and teachers’ unions from conservative and progressive political perspectives gathered with a united mindset. They expressed their disapproval and anger towards the government for forcing the children to attend school as early as possible.
Besides, experts on children’s education also emphasized that 5-year-old children are supposed to run and play wholeheartedly. They are supposed to focus on cognitive development rather than stiffly sitting in a classroom.
Instead, according to the media report, President Yoon Suk Yeol told Minister Park Soon Ae to immediately develop measures to lower the South Korean school entry age. And they have to do it while maintaining the 12-year school system.
Apparently, this has outraged the protesters even more. That is because lowering the school entry age was NOT in President Yoon’s campaign pledges on educational reform previously. Instead, he was supposed to focus on enhancing early childhood education.
Protesters Demand President Yoon Learn from Bang Gu Ppong of “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”
Moreover, claiming that Korean Education Ministry has introduced “inappropriate policies” without any prior consultation or research, it was where the Bang Gu Ppong’s name came up.
Bang Gu Ppong is a character who appeared in Episode 9 of “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”. Portrayed by actor Koo Kyo Hwan, he has cemented a powerful mindset about children education that it gained tremendous praise from the viewers.
In “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”, Bang Gu Ppong claimed to be a member of the Children’s Liberation Party. And in the party, they only have 3 rules:
1. Children must play immediately.
2. Children must be healthy immediately.
3. Children must be happy immediately.
In addition to the rules, Bang Gu Ppong highlighted the huge problem in the South Korean education system.
“The enemies of Korean children are the schools, academies, and their parents. They are scared of healthy, happy children.
Therefore, they manipulate laws to make children busier and bad so that they turn their backs on the world by the time they are adults.”Bang Gu Ppong.
NO DOUBT! THE BEST SCENE OF THIS EPISODE! BANG GUPPONG BEST MAN EVER & I FULLY SUPPORT CHILDREN’S LIBERATION ARMY 😭#ExtraordinaryAttorneyWoo #ExtraordinaryAttorneyWooEp9 pic.twitter.com/nAKbaSyDy1— 아저씨 🐳 (@daheeverse) July 27, 2022
This powerful idea has provided strength and courage to South Korean adults to protect and fight for the children. But unfortunately, the South Korean government has taken quite a portion in overworking the children over these years.
And instead of revising the laws so children can play and enjoy their childhood happily, the government plans to make them suffer earlier than they already are.
That is why protesters clearly stated on the signboard that President Yoon Suk Yeol needs to learn more from Bang Gu Ppong.
“Extraordinary Attorney Woo” Gains Praises in Bringing Up South Korean Education System
Finally, with the emerging new South Korean education system problem, “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” gains more praise. The public pointed out that the Korean drama has given detailed attention to children’s education through the fictional character Bang Gu Ppong.
And they care so much more about them than the South Korean government itself.
Toxic school cultures being tackled in this episode and an eye opener that children have the right to enjoy and play.— 🐳 (@kdramatreats) July 27, 2022
It’s really a sad reality that children are forced to just study and being not able to enjoy their youth. #ExtraordinaryAttorneyWoo #ExtraordinaryAttorneyWooEp9 pic.twitter.com/2jNCTuKwJu
Dont and you just love this scene??? 4hrs straight playing with children who suffers from an abusive education system. Let them be free and enjoy being kids 😭#ExtraordinaryAttorneyWoo #ExtraordinaryAttorneyWooEp9 pic.twitter.com/GSkKzJxyQ5— 아저씨 🐳 (@daheeverse) July 27, 2022
The amount of attention #ExtraordinaryAttorneyWoo given to children education is IMPRESSIVE!— KDrama Observer 2005 (@KDramaObserver) August 6, 2022
It’s so appalling how EAW cares a lot more about early-age education than the government. They embedded the proper mindset to parents & adults through most powerful media: #koreandrama pic.twitter.com/ZJZ7SeU54X
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