September 15, 2008
This Friday I – Martina – had no classes because it was Fitness Test Day in Bucheon All Girls’ High School. I wasn’t sure what this was, as the closest equivalent we have to this in Canada is track and field day where students compete in different sports, but I was told that in Korea they also have a track and field day. Fitness Day is different; the students are rigorously tested to see how healthy they are, and in the past, Fitness Day was part of a final mark. If you weren’t in shape you could receive a failing grade, but one of our our Korean friends told us that some students in the past died trying to get high marks, so they got rid of the mark factor.
“Work it harder, make it better, do it faster, makes us stronger, more than ever, hour after, our work is never over….” – Daft Punk