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Controversy brews after University asks students to 'Draw the Sewol Ferry Accident' as exam topic

By KpopJoA   Friday, January 20, 2017   28,958   118   31



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There has been a lot of commotion going on with Mokwon University in Daejun as the 2017 incoming freshman were poised with an exam topic question, 'Draw the Sewol Ferry Accident.' 

According to Mokwon University on January 18, the exam topic was given during the animation department's entrance exam and students were asked to draw. This immediately caused controversy among students, leading them to voice their opinions on SNS as well as the school's homepage saying the topic was inappropriate.

One student stated, "Most of the students froze upon receiving the exam question, while others didn't even bother to draw anything at all."  And continued, "I just cried not knowing what to do and just painted all in black and left."  Another student claimed, "I sighed after reading the given topic. I drew the sinking ship and yellow balloons, but I couldn't help myself to draw the people by all means."

Netizens who came across the news commented, "Students studying for exams these days are around the same age as the students in the ferry accident,"  "I think it's troublesome to give such a topic especially since students have not fully recovered from the tragic event."

Do you think this was inappropriate on the university's part?

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chaelicen Saturday, January 21, 2017

i mean, especially during a time of political scandal WHICH IS RELATED to the sewol ferry accident. shame.

MargtEsperanza Saturday, January 21, 2017

well I believe that It is distasteful "but" like people said before me artist express their feelings through their art, so as an exercise it is an effective way of "switching on" their emotions, cruel? yeah, disturbing? hell yeah! but effective no less and if they (art students) got mad, felt grief, indignation or displeasure in the theme, they should have expressed that in their piece too, the best way to "complain" about it would have been that

kddicted Saturday, January 21, 2017

I teared when I read the article where it showed the people who died and how they died saving people. Then I can't imagine how these students would have felt. *Shakes head* Using a tragedy as an exam question? What a dissapointment

vaxanne Friday, January 20, 2017

More appropriate as a topic for discussion or assignment during the course of studies rather than exam. Artists need time to research and connect self to the incident for imagery interpretation

intricate Friday, January 20, 2017

if this was part of some kind of psychological research with unaware test-subjects it's a very badly conducted research. I can't think of anything else that would even remotely justify such an exam question..

intricate Friday, January 20, 2017

Also, sure.. artists should be able to handle emotionally challenging topics on commission but this is what you learn to do while in art school or while studying art in general. If they can already do this there's no need for them to enter the art school in the first place. Or are the ones doing well on the assignment given their diplomas right away? Sure would save them a lot of tuition fees!

ed_levy Friday, January 20, 2017

The question might be considered in bad taste given the hysteria in Korea, but IMO the question as an emotional and artistic exercise is not a bad one.  LOL @ the special snowflakes "freezing" and "crying" about an exam question.  It's like black students crying because they were asked to express their feels about Trump's election

crowboy ed_levy Friday, January 20, 2017

It's not. As students themselves, you can bet some of these kids knew or knew of the students that died. Trump's election is something that can cause damage in the future - the Sewol Ferry Incident is something which did cause damage. And to compound that, many of the people who didn't survive likely could've had the captain not fled after telling them to "stay where they are" on a literal sinking boat. You don't expect a question like this for an exam, which would already be a stressful situation for many. I can't tell if I'm responding to a troll or just someone who is unbelievably ignorant.

mi_goreng ed_levy Saturday, January 21, 2017

don't you dare compare that to this. of course im not in the position to say that black people aren't crying over trump bcs fyi everyone is, and i respect black people and feel sorry about their experiences regarding racism, but the sewol incident had hundreds of innocent students who died was a nationwide event that all koreans such as myself cried over. so if you don't know anything then just stop.

nnamia Friday, January 20, 2017

I feel like it was a good tribute question. Drawing it will bring so much emotion to the artwork. I guess that was what the teacher intended. Although no one wants to be reminded of it

eager_beaver Friday, January 20, 2017

Well, artists often express their emotions through art, so a tough topic should give them inspiration.

fight_club Friday, January 20, 2017

Sewol ferry is tied to the president's corruption and the general problems within my country's government. Yes, art is a way to express one's self, but at the same time, this incident was traumatic for a lot of high schoolers around the country. It was horrible for us because we couldn't do anything for them - we couldn't mobilize our own government to provide aid, we had to watch our authoritarian president get botox on the day of instead of working to help those kids, and we had to watch the news for weeks as corpses were discovered around the bay. It's a painful topic and still controversial in Korea - it's something to be remembered always, something to serve as a reminder for us, and just not a great exam topic question. The pain is still very fresh - I know netizens get bashed here all the time because of cultural differences, but it'd be nice if that wasn't the case for articles like this.

IARMYGIRL93 Friday, January 20, 2017

Art is about expressing yourself through a drawing, some express emotions through a song, some through a poem and some through a painting, this incident if full of sorrow and hurtful memories thus i think its ok to be asked to express your feelings through drawing to see how would you picture this sad memory. People who dont know art are so fast to judge but they know nothing about art.

oskarkawesome IARMYGIRL93 Friday, January 20, 2017

You can express yourself through art, that's not in question. The question is if it was right for them to basically force their students to draw their feelings out with such an exam. I think it's an interesting topic for an art piece but not sure if it was an appropriate topic for an exam.

IARMYGIRL93 oskarkawesome Friday, January 20, 2017

Yea you're right but this is an animation department so its suppose to be a hard one i guess thats why they chose this topic to see who will succeed the animation department's entrance exam

crowboy IARMYGIRL93 Friday, January 20, 2017

I think if many of the students don't agree, it's not appropriate. If it's something which feels traumatic to a lot of people it's not appropriate. Art is not about making the artist feel hurt, it's more generally about expressing emotion. This... as students of the same age of those who died... I think it probably hits too close to home, especially for an exam question - that is, art that others will undoubtedly look at AND JUDGE (more than that, will actually mark). I understand what you're saying, but I think this kind of psychological test - if that's indeed what it was supposed to be - is unfair.

IARMYGIRL93 crowboy Friday, January 20, 2017

I think we both have a strong point of view i will stick to my opinion but i will also agree with yours it may be unfair if some students dont like it

oskarkawesome IARMYGIRL93 Saturday, January 21, 2017

I definitely agree that it's a very interesting topic for art, especially for students who are/were affected by it. But I also think it shouldn't have been a topic forced on them. But I appreciate your input, it's rare to see people that are so... reasonable :D Have a nice weekend,

IARMYGIRL93 oskarkawesome Saturday, January 21, 2017

Yea maybe cuz i have a strong heart i thought i would be able to take this kind of exams i didnt think much of the ones who cant but now i do :) .. Oh thanks its all depends on the other person sometimes people disagree with disrespect but here we're all mature^^ thanks you too have a nice weekend

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