Just in time for the 58th anniversary of the start of the Korean War comes this poll:
The Ministry of Public Administration and Security said Monday that a survey of 1,016 middle and high school students showed nearly 57 percent didn’t know the war started on June 25, 1950.
Moreover, 51 percent did not know that the war started with North Korea’s invasion of the South. About 14 percent picked Japan as the nation responsible for the war; 13.4 percent, the United States, and 11 percent Russia. About 2 percent even said it was the South invading the North.
While the United States is regarded as the main ally of the country, 28 percent said it was the key “threat” for national security, 4 percentage points higher than North Korea.
Normal caveats apply when it comes to Korean polls, but even if accurate I can’t say I’m surprised by how little historical knowledge Korean students have considering how they continue to fail their national history exams.
To be fair I have to wonder what percentage of American students know who started World War II with America?