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President for a Day

November 12, 2013

Whether we like them or not, politicians are a necessary part of a democratic society. They are charged with representing the views of citizens, deliberating important social issues, and making laws to govern our collective lives. Some of them are hardworking, honest and sincere, while others may not be so much. (In fact, some of them can be manipulative and malicious, concerned only with accumulativing and/or preserving their power.) For good, honest politicians, the job can be difficult, demanding, and often thankless. Who would want to do such a job? Well, for this week, it is you.

Students: Imagine you are the President of Korea for a day. What law would you choose to enact and why?

If I were the President of Korea, I would enact a law to (do what?)________________.

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  1. November 12, 2013 10:06 pm

    If I were the President of Korea, I would enact a law to protect abandoned animals. These days, many people want to breed pet because of their cute appearance. Most of people ignore the difficulty in breeding. People who ignore many things that animal need regret breeding and finally abandon their pet. Many animals are abandoned now. They die from hunger and car accident or abuse. However, even if they go to a shelter of abandoned animals, they have to be euthanized after two weeks, because of shelter’s poor surroundings. Almost all the shelter of abandoned animals encounters poor surroundings, lack of food, a crawl space, lack of human strength. Thus, many animals have to die not knowing anything. Therefore, if I were the President of Korea, I would invest in budget to shelter of abandoned animals.

  2. November 14, 2013 1:02 am

    If I were the President of Korea, I would enact a law of sex education. In our society, there are problems about pregnant adolescent, unmarried mother, abandoned children, and so on. These are frequently politicized. However, the problems are not still solved. I believe education is the best way to prevent most of problems. For example, American government recently operates a certain course to teach how hard bringing up a child is. American students must look after a baby robot for a day in this course. As a result, the students seriously consider about responsibility for a baby. I think the education like this will be also effective in Korea. For this reason, I suggest a substantive law of sex education is necessity.

  3. banana permalink
    November 14, 2013 10:05 pm

    If I were the president of Korea, I would enact a law for men of national merit. There are some system for those like giving them a discount on the bus fare or the theatre tickets, unfortunately most of them are sompeletely useless. How can they afford expensive tickets for musicals when they habe nothing to eat? They need some practical system that is closely related to their everyday lives. From the newspapaers, I can easily know that they live from hand to mouth, which I believe is extremly unfair treatment for those who gave their lives and shed their blood for Korea. A few month ago, when I was on the subway, the man in his 80s came in to beg for money and what he had in his left hand shocked me. He was holding the Order of Military Merit and he was using it for begging money. What’s more this is not the only case. Most of those men are not treated properly and living in an unthinkably bad environment. What they really need is respect from deep of our hearts and some money for their survival. Therefore if I was the president of Korea, I would gladly give them pension that gaurantees their sufficient lives for their patroitism, as well as sincerely appreciating their hard work for Korea.

  4. haruharu7070 permalink
    November 15, 2013 12:17 am

    If I were the president of Korea, I would enact a law to reform Korea’s public education. These days, korean students spend many time cramming education in schools. During their learning years of compulsory education, they just learn from schools to memorize many things not to think themselves. Especially, English instruction that focuses on memorization and grammar that causes the lack of investment. Also, It is serious that school parent invest the significant amount of time and money spent on their child’s education. However, these aim is not that they want to child’s real running, but that they wish their child’s survive the competition of public education over other child’s. Therefore, this wrong ways of learning must be stopped to achieve a genuine education for student. So, if I were a politician, I would enact the laws that focuses on student’s creativity and individuality. Also, it is really important that the score system have to change a relative evaluation to a absolute evaluation to relieve the student’s oppression for competition And through many activities, students have many opportunities to be friendly to nature and find to what they really want in the future.

  5. Lisa permalink
    November 15, 2013 1:50 pm

    If I were a President of Korea, I wold enact the law about penalty of
    sexual criminals. That law already exists, but I don’t think that it is a complete system or does its role enough.
    Many sexual criminals escape penalties because of the unorganized and inaccurate law. For example, there was a famous case that an eight years old girl was sexually assaulted by one drunk middle age man .
    The assault was too brutal and the girl’s body was cruelly ruined.
    However,that criminal was sentenced to only 12years imprisonment the reason of being drunk.
    The movie “선물(The Present)” was made from this case.And this case is just one parts of many injustice cases.
    Also, it can might happen to everybody.
    Now, in Korea , It seems that the judicial branch is generous to especially sexaul criminals compared with other countries.
    So, if I want to reestablish the law of sexual criminals if I were a president of Korea.

  6. November 15, 2013 2:24 pm

    If I were the President of Korea, I would enact a law to practical English education. These days, the importance of English was being emphasized so much. In elementary school, middle school, high school and college we learned English. But the number of person who can communicate with English is very less. How miserable situation this is! We were taught English minimum of ten years. Korea’s English education just wants to know the method getting a good grade. The purpose of studying English is not a gaining high grade, but communicating with English and becoming proficient. But reality is different. My case is also similar. This is dead and useless education. Therefore I really want to enact a low to practical education. Otherwise we can’t break out of a vicious circle.

  7. evergreen permalink
    November 15, 2013 7:06 pm

    If I were the President of Korea, I would enact a law to keep rights of North Korean defectors while they are coming to the South Korea like building more welfare center only for North Korean defectors and watching and punishment of illegal brokers. South Koreans do not know about the difficulties and violation of human rights in their journey to South Korea. Many North Korean experience abuse of human rights while they escape from the country. During the entrance process, some North Korean defectors are exploited the resettlement aids by the brokers. Whether they want to go to South Korea or not, the brokers swindle North Koreans out of money. Moreover, there are kidnappings in some cases by the brokers who wants to make money or unfair profits using deceiving by pretending that they know the place where the families are, where they can earn much money and so on. The most problem is that human trafficking, sexual violence are too prevalent in the course of crossing the country. Nevertheless, owing to North Korean defector’s life or death being under the control by brokers, they could not resist and assert their rights. In these reasons, I think we should lead and assert their human rights as equal as people should have. Therefore, I would like to enact a law for preventing North Korean defectors’ rights.

  8. Angela permalink
    November 15, 2013 7:34 pm

    If I were the President of Korea, I would enact a law to do punishment strengthening. It is true that there is no need to strengthen the law of punishment if society works perfectly. Lately, serious social problems like child abuse or sexual assault have increased in Korea. However, the penalty that criminals are punished does not balance with their heavy offense. As a result, I think Korea should strengthen the punishment to criminals, especially for a brutal criminal. I know that strengthening the punishment is not an essential solution to solve this problem, but it can make some contribution to reduce the crime rate and rate of second conviction. Therefore, if I were the President of Korea, I would not only enact but also intensify the law to strengthen the punishment.

  9. Rachel permalink
    November 15, 2013 11:01 pm

    If I were the President of Korea, I would enact a law to protect abandoned animals. Nowadays, more than one hundred thousand pets were abandoned a year in Korea. These abandoned animals were hurt by their owner and they wandered the streets. In the end, they starved to death or froze to death or died in car accidents. Therefore, people should protect these abandoned animals because people abandoned their pets with no sense of responsibility and guilt and animal life is as precious as human life. However, in Korea, the protection methods for abandoned animals are inadequate. For instance, abandoned animal’s shelters is in very poor condition because of the lack of the government support. Also, there is a lack of policies for the abandoned animals. Thus, I hope that the law for abandoned animals is enacted.

  10. Daniel permalink
    November 15, 2013 11:39 pm

    If I were the President of Korea, I would enact a law to limit the length of study time in school and the private educational institutes called Hakwon. It is so clear that students of Korea spend a lot of time studying in the school and hakwon. They are deprived of the freedom and time to hang out with their friends while students of other countries do sports or activities outside of the school. As a result, more and more Korean students feel tired of this situation. They do not be interested in studying anymore. Thus, when they get into the universities, a lot of freshmen pass time drinking alchohol or playing coumputer games. Indeed, to protect the students who suffer from this social phenomenon, I would limit the studying time in the school and hakwon.

  11. tnpqnp permalink
    November 15, 2013 11:54 pm

    If I were the President of Korea, I would enact a law to welfare for the aged. Korea’s aged population is increasingly becoming the social problem. With the advancement of medical technology, the average life expectancy has increased since 1950. Aging was first noticed as a social problem in the 1970s, but it was not seriously considered until 2000 when the nation became an “aging society” when 7 percent of the total population was aged 65 or over. Korea is expected to become an “aged society” in 2018 when 14 percent of its population will be 65 or older. Under the this circumstance, present welfare system has many weak point. It is true that Korea’s welfare budget is still low compared to that of other developed nations. I think there is something that need to improve various social programs to guarantee the welfare of the people. Some of these programs are less advanced than other developed countries, Therefor, if I were the President of Korea, I would introduce the new policy such as a apartment house and occupation for aged..

    • Erin permalink
      November 16, 2013 5:49 pm

      oh! I read this post after posting my article then I found we had a same theme about this topic.
      I learned about specific backgrounds and data of aging society in Korea through your writing.
      And I’m going to more think about welfare for the aged of Korea in comparison with other countries’ welfare.
      Thanks to your post 🙂

  12. Erin permalink
    November 16, 2013 2:06 am

    If I were the President of Korea, I would enact a law to elderly people living alone.
    Currently in korea, Welfare which for the elderly living alone has being enforced.
    However I think that the law should be enacted more powerful and more specifically,
    Recently, I had seen a documentary about the elderly living alone through television and read an article on this issue in newspaper.
    They showed the matter that suffering and pain of elderly people living alone such as worrying about heating costs ,having a regular meals is difficult and their bruise; hurt of mind.
    For example, 88 years old grandmother lived with poor and difficult situation like dirty and cold home, eventually passed away by alone sadly,
    I think the causes of this problem are that awareness of support for parents has been weakened and the extension of life expectancy.
    In addition, elderly people living alone are particularly vulnerable in safety issues than other households because they have no family who take care them.
    I insist that we should solve this problem for the practice of love for our parents and elderly community.
    So I think the government should be enact such as providing jobs and utilizing the 1:1 care services.
    Also they should make a programs about support suffering from emotional depression and encourage the active participation to volunteer organizations and religious groups.
    Finally, I think It is important that spread to right awareness of public towards aging society and honoring elderly people.
    Thus, If I were the President of Korea, I would enact a law for elderly people living alone that they can live happily.

  13. Gavin permalink
    November 16, 2013 10:46 pm

    If I were the President of South Korea, I would reform the Labor Standards Act. As well known, South Korea is famous for workaholics; South Korea is ranked the top among OCED countries with the title of the longest-working-hour-country. Such hardworking people made what Korea is now but, it should be fixed. Many people’s fundamental human rights were infringed by many unfair treatment. They sacrificed a lot but, their treatments weren’t. Recently revised law limited maximum working hours to 52 hours a week, originally from 68 hours a week. It is such a glad news to hear but, in my opinion, it need more revision. I would increase the minimum wage; it is 4,860 won for 2013. It is 6.1% increased compared to 2012. However, it is not enough. Prices are getting higher and higher but the wage doesn’t seem so. Life like a human should be guaranteed. Thus, in sum, if I were have a chance to be the President of South Korea, I would reform the Labor Standards Act.

  14. Katherine permalink
    November 17, 2013 12:12 am

    If I were the President of Korea, I would enact a law to make work for young people and improve their job surroundings. These days, young people have difficulty getting a job. Because, there are many people but there are no works. Even though there are many workplaces, job surrounding is too poor to labor. So, I want to enact several laws about this. First, I will make various works. Nowadays, young people have lots of personality. But, there are banal works in our society. So, society should be recognize their talents and make multifarious jobs. Next, I will improve treatment of worker through increasing the minimum wage system and working environment improvement. I know that it is not easy. But if I were the President of Korea, I would make an effort for young people.

  15. November 17, 2013 12:35 am

    If I were the President of Korea, I would enact a law to enhance rights and working environments for temporary workers. In Korea, about 37% of the workers are working temporary, receiving less salary than regular job with no benefits of the nation insurances and worries regarding losing a job. It has been an hot issue – one of the biggest problems -in Korea since awful IMF happened in 1998. I would like to change the law following the prominent and effective Netherlands case. No matter whether people work part-time or full-time, there are no discrimination or differences between them about the salary, social cognition, and welfare systems. Workers who work temporarily or partly even gets higher salary and have more free times to organize their lives. In order to implement, workers set the time flexibly but strictly so that they work effectively with responsibility making the productive results. Given these points, I guess this law would improve the quality of lives of temporary works – especially for women who needs time to raise their children and so on.

  16. cs9999 permalink
    December 8, 2013 11:41 pm

    If I were the president of Korea, I would enact a law for mothers who recently give birth to babies. Korea is suffering from low birth rate : lowest in OECD countries. It is highly serious issue, but there is not particular countermeasure that can encourage young couple to have babies. Because of inflation, education problem and many other social issues, women on their 20’s and early 30’s are afraid to get pregnant. Also, as marrying age gets higher, women want to get stable job and have their own career for themselves. In addition, unconfirmed welfare on most of company and invalid law does not help at all to support babies. Therefore, goverment need to enact strong aiding law, such as supporting fund for young mothers, maternity leave that is protected by law and welfare facilities to look after babies of working mothers. If the president and national assembly give an effort to assist anxious young couple in various ways, the birth rate of Korea will be raised.

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