Last weekend, I interviewed my parents about their school life to understand the development of technology and their implications for developing personal and shared knowledge.
First, I asked my mom about how she went to school and produce knowledge. She started to explain that as her home was far away from her high school, my mom had to take a bus and a subway every day. Therefore, she was required to get up early and prepare for the school by herself. For her study, she often used her dictionary to find the words that she did not know. Because there weren’t any electron-dictionary at that time, she brought thick paper dictionary to school. Not only paper dictionary, but also cassette and notes were the materials which she often uses in school.
Then, I questioned to my mom about her past memories and experiences of school. In 1980s, South Korea, typical high school had strict rules for students to follow. For instance, as my mom went to the high school for girls, there was a rule that all the girl students must cut their hair above students’ ear. I was shocked and asked my mom the reason; she explained that Korean society in the 1980s worried that when girls had a long hair, they would not study and play with others. Furthermore, when students took a test and got a lower grade comparing to the past exam, they got punished by the wooden stick; teachers hit student’s hip. Lastly, when a student forgot to bring her P.E. T-shirt, the person had to run the track ten times.
After hearing my mom’s real experiences, I felt I am a lucky student who can study without any physical punishment or pressure. I have never known that my parents studied at the harsh environment comparing to my school. I believed that my mom learned and studied as I am currently doing. Most importantly, I felt thankful to my parents who gave me a wonderful education and surrounding.