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Mind-Blowing B-Boy Group

By Jin-Sun Ryu (DG reporter)

July is the hottest month of the year. Teachers and students were dying from the scorching heat. To top it all off, the air conditioners were not working. Nothing exciting was going on, only the endless cycle of school and dormitory was repeating over and over. However, on July 16th 2014, a blast was waiting for the students!

 

The “Kung Festival” is a unique b-boy group. Unique in the sense that when other groups only dance, this group not only dances but converts the stage into a musical. They do this without any lines but only with their movements. Another significant difference is that they convey to the audience a theme or message that they want to talk about. Their theme today is about school bullying. Surprisingly, it was their first time to perform in a school. How Fascinating! It was a new experience for both the audience and the performers, and it was a perfect chance to be able to relieve our stress.

 

A brief explanation of the performance is in order. It was about students preparing for their school festival, which opens every once a year. Each student at that school was busy preparing for the festival, while one student who had been ostracized couldn’t join them. The school bully always harassed his own classmates, but the students who were afraid of him could not say anything against him and could only watch from the sidelines.

 

One day, a transfer student enters the classroom and finds out the outcast’s hidden talent and asks him for the school festival together with the other friends. The transfer student led the classmates and naturally the bully drifted apart for the other classmates. This performance showed the audience that between friends there could be friendship and conflicts as well. They were trying to express the touching story and how they overcome the situation by understanding each other, which was acted by the dance they played.

 

This b-boy group dance performance really touched our hearts. They also enjoyed the play. I could notice it because on every second they were dancing with detailed movements, and by seeing their face we could see the happiness on them.

 

The performance ended with a great loud of applause. While looking up on this group, I found out that they were the best and the most famous b-boy groups in Korea. They dealt with a current social issue which grabbed our attention on the play. I hope that by seeing this performance students who actually exert violence against their friends would stop and open their eyes to how those friends feel when they are bullied in front of so many people.

 

Even though it was a very hot day, it wasn’t actually too hot due to the passions of these actors and our own. We really had a great time watching the performance. I hope we have another chance to see this b-boy group’s performance sometime.

 

 

By Jin-Sun Ryu (DG reporter)

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Strong Stride toward Excellence

The pleasant scent of autumn has spread and the campus of Dongtan Global High School is enveloped in cool wisps of the fragrant harvest breezes of fall. Just as the nearby rice fields have grown into sturdy, golden stalks so too has our school matured and taken firm root in the city of Hwaseong.

 

  With the school’s first commencement ceremony last winter, sending the graduates far and wide to make their mark in the world, already another group of seniors are about to take one of the biggest exams of their lives. My fellow students are eager to honor the name of the school, and the new recruits are more competent than ever. The campus has been blooming with special events, academic challenges, and new clubs and activities where students have been showing their persistence, creativity, and expertise. It seems DGHS is ever more fruitful with every year that passes.

 

  In the third publication of the Dongtan Globe, we have taken strides to meet the rising standard of the school. The reporters and editors have tried to deliver the best of their work, striving to meet the high expectations. In consequence, we were able to present more extended and finer edition to you. And I, the third chief editor, will return the honor to the hard-working members of the the Dongtan Globe and contributors who willingly participated in the publication.

 

  Previously, feature stories focused on topics associated with the annual Joint Academic Conference of Global High Schools. This year, however, we’ve taken a different approach and will be discussing the controversy regarding integration of the liberal arts and natural sciences tracks in South Korean high schools.

 

  The topic is fairly recent as the Ministry of Education is starting to implement education of no border between natural sciences and liberal arts. There are many controversies whether the integration is necessary or not. In our feature, we cover various arguments and facts about the issue. Specifically, the feature discusses the issue first in the historical context and then through its progression of current decision to integrate the tracks. Within this discussion, the feature spotlights the concept of consilience of Edward O.Wilson which will help readers to understand the ideology behind the track integration argument.

 

  In addition, we’ve included a wide range of articles covering other domestic and international issues such as Crimean crisis, school life including articles about an invited professor and a reporter, and even reviews of some recent music, book, and movie.

 

As usual, we thank you for your continued support and readership and hope that you enjoy this year’s edition of the Dongtan Globe.

 

By Jong-Seo Park
DG editor-in-chief

 

The Humanities Matter

 Korean high school education has been offering distinct curriculum tracks for the last several decades: liberal arts and natural sciences. As of 2018, however, those two separate tracks are supposed to be integrated into one comprehensive track. Debates are raging surrounding this issue. While advocates argue that the integrated curriculum be implemented in order to produce creative talents fitting the consilience spirit of the 21st century, opponents argue that it is premature to decide that now. Rather, they insist, all we need to do is strengthen basic skills under the current split curriculum.

 

  I believe an integrated curriculum is eventually the right choice to make. This academic approach is already a mainstay of many developed countries such as the United States and most western European countries. The underlying philosophy behind their policy is that both quality of living and competitiveness can be enhanced only when scientists are armed with humanities refinements and entrepreneurs possess good knowledge of natural science.

 

  I support this approach, and believe additionally that humanistic values are closely associated with cultural industries, and developing them in each individual will be beneficial to society. The general idea behind cultural industries is that popular culture produces cultural goods such as printed media, music, television, film, as well as crafts and design. They are knowledge-based and labor-intensive, and not only create employment and wealth, but also drive the norms of a particular society. Thus, in nurturing creativity, analysis and reflection, and fostering innovation, societies will maintain cultural diversity, enhance economic performance, and advance the sciences while also promoting sustainable, peaceful societal standards.

 

  The essential point is that technology alone cannot lead itself to beneficial cultural industries. That is, we cannot produce a movie only with quality cameras, audio, and special effects. The storytelling is indeed crucial to the development of an entertaining and profitable film. In addition, a film that is only entertaining and profitable is also not necessarily a promotion of wholesome societal norms. The story must also celebrate, at least subtly, positive cultural goods to build enthusiasm for positive cultural attitudes such as cooperation and sustainability. Steve Jobs might be a genius, but he is not supposed to create iPhone all by himself. In the modern world, cooperation of the humanities and the sciences is integral to success. And being successful is not just about profitability, but about creating sustainable societies.

 

  Thus, an individual who has built an upright character is one who is not only a master of formulas and rules, but also an engine of creativity and innovation, based on cultural norms which promote peace, cooperation, and sustainability. This is the reason why we study the humanities.

 

By SangYol Cheong
Principal, DGHS