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Flourishing private etiquette lesson

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By Park Moo-jong

Home education is no less important than school education.

Unfortunately, however, both appear unappealing to the parents of today.

A boom of private manners and etiquette lessons for children proves this trend.

Parents of kindergarteners and elementary school pupils are rushing to private schools teaching manners and etiquette in the wake of the latest series of imprudent behavior of the scions of wealthy families.

Many people may be lamenting, "Where has our traditional education at the dining table gone?"

The monthly tuition fee is as much as 1 million won (about $830) a month! But reservations are full.

Some "wealthy" parents are said even to hire private teachers to teach their children manners and etiquette at their home.

Over the course of two weeks (three days a week), the children learn politeness, how to greet people, how to speak properly, appropriate eating habits, respect, eye contact and how to help out at home among others.

Manners and etiquette for children is, indeed, ranked as the most important quality to nurture in the family home and good manners are essential for every child's self confidence and success in life.

The importance of domestic education cannot be overemphasized. But today such an essential thing is missing in the Republic of Korea.

There are many reasons to blame for the lack of........

© The Korea Times