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South Korea, a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, has experienced unprecedented growth within the last 60 years. Commentators frequently attribute the nations success to its system of education. Though education has indeed contributed much to the advancement of the nation, it has been identified that the hypercompetitive nature of education has led to an exponential increase in suicide among school age individuals ages 15-24. In this paper, I examine the rise in rate of suicide from 1985 to the present time, factors that have contributed to this occurrence, and possible solutions to this societal problem.
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