As pathetic as this is, I can’t say I’m surprised by the result considering the current state of the Korean educational system:
A poll shows that 34 percent of first-year army cadets called the United States the main enemy of South Korea, a former superintendent of the Korea Military Academy (KMA) said.
Kim Choong-bae, president of the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, disclosed a past survey of 250 KMA entrants to single out "the country’s main enemy” while serving as the military academy’s superintendent in 2004.
Kim was quoted by a newspaper as saying, "While the majority ? or 34 percent ? picked the U.S., 33 percent said they regarded North Korea as the main enemy.”
He said the result was unbelievable, stressing the respondents were those who were supposed to be military officers. The KMA did not make the result public during the Roh Moo-hyun administration, which ended last February.
Kim hinted that he had been forced not to notify the public of the result, expressing uneasiness about contents of some high and middle schools textbooks.
Citing his meeting with the 250 cadet freshmen, the military expert argued that the hostile sentiment against the "ally" is due to "inappropriate” education in schools.
In addition, according to a survey of a group of conscripted soldiers conducted by the Ministry of Defense, about 75 percent of them said they have anti-U.S. sentiment. [Kim Yon-se - Korea Times]
American soldiers give up a year of their lives to live in substandard living conditions and live away from their families to help the Republic of Korea deter North Korean agression. US soldiers sacrifices to serve in Korea are rewarded by being considered the enemy. As Kim Chong-hee stated it is because of the Korean educational system that is more interested in indoctrinating students with propaganda instead of facts. The policization of the educational system is a further hinderance to properly educating students as well with members of the Korea’s Teacher’s Union (KTU) teaching North Korean propaganda in the classrooms.
The politicization of Korean history has led directly to over half of South Korean students failing their national history exams during leftist government rule in the ROK. Now with the Korean right in control of the government they appear to be doing the same thing now by politicizing the history taught to students. With such nonsense going on in the classrooms is it any surprise why the students fail their exams and think the USA is the main enemy of the nation?