South Korea forbids English for elementary and middle school students as it understands that their learning can impede the normal learning of their own language, Korean. Although many parents believe that the sooner a second language is learned, the better the government considers that the correct age to start learning it is in third grade (9-10 years). The measure will make 7,000 teachers lose their jobs and believe that it will create a schism among those upper class children who can receive English classes before and those of lower class.

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