The Ministry of
Education and Human Resources Development appears to be attempting to steer the Korean populace in two contradictory directions, if this blogger has read correctly between the lines of this article: Textbook revision to reflect changing society
Terms like "working father" and "housewife" will be stricken from the textbooks, as will commonsense lines like the following:
Father’s hard work as a breadwinner and mother’s supportive role to other family members, which enables them to concentrate on their work, are not only important for the well-being of the family but also that of the country.
The revisons will include new terms like "working mother" and "father who takes care of household chores" but will also aim "to encourage a culture that embraces larger families in order to combat South Korea’s declining birth rate, currently the lowest in the developed world."
Now, there's nothing wrong a "father who takes care of household chores" ─ I'm one of them ─ or a "working mother" ─ my wife is not
one of them but mothers often have no choice but to work in today's disordered economy. However, more "working mothers" are the last thing that is needed "to encourage a culture that embraces larger families."
In fact, quite the opposite will occur. South Korea has the developed world's lowest birthrate and also, perhaps, its lowest rate of working mothers. Encouraging working mothers will only serve to exacerbate the problem. More working mothers means more day care centers, which only serve to weaken the family by taking on its most essential function, just as crutches cause leg muscles to atrophy. This violation of The Principle of Subsidiarity
, which "holds that nothing should be done by a larger and more complex organization which can be done as well by a smaller and simpler organization," weakens society, of which the family, not the individual, is the basic unit.
The problem is that Progressives, like those of the "Participatory Government" of President Roh Moo-hyun, see the world only in economic terms. To them, working mothers will add more money to the family, allowing them to have more children. We Conservatives know that culture is more important than economics. The problem is economic only in that Korean culture promotes excessive competition in education, and parents can only afford to have one, or at most two, horses in the race. This root cause of the problem must be addressed.
so wisely begins Spirits in the Material World
, "There is no political solution."